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SF Tech Assist

Technical Assistance: NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.

SF Fin Assist

Financial Assistance: Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land.

SF Strikeforce
StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity: NRCS works with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty through this initiative. StrikeForce directs one-on-one conservation assistance to farmers, ranchers and communities in more than 400 counties and Indian reservations in 20 states.
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2018 Farm Bill: The bill was enacted in December 2018.

SF 5 Steps

Get Started: This step-by-step guide helps farmers and ranchers know what to expect when seeking assistance from NRCS.

SF Definitions
Definitions: Conservation programs provide special opportunities for beginning, socially disadvantaged or limited resource farmers and ranchers. This page provides definitions of those different terms and provides a self-determination tool.
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Small-Scale Solutions: These fact sheets provide information on common needs of small- and mid-size farms, including: cover crops, fencing, managing manure, low-cost irrigation systems and more.

SF Organic Organic Farming: NRCS provides assistance to organic producers to assess resource concerns, plan and install conservation practices and meet natural resources conservation requirements for organic certification.
SF High Tunnel Seasonal High Tunnels: Seasonal high tunnels are plastic-covered structures that enable farmers to have crops ready earlier or later in the season. In high tunnels, plants are grown directly in the ground, and the sun’s heat regulates the temperature inside. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for farmers wanting to install a high tunnel.
SF USDA Progs USDA Resources: In addition to NRCS assistance, other USDA agencies offer other resources, tools and programs geared to small- and mid-size farms and ranches.
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SF Service Center
Service Center locator: Find local USDA service centers across the country.
SF Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey: This tool provides soil data and information, including soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties.

SF Drought

Drought Calculator: This tool helps ranchers and other rangeland managers assess the impacts of drought on forage production, enabling them to make better informed decisions as to alternative drought strategies.