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Every Day is Ag Day

Joanna Pope

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service works daily with ag producers to improve production while protecting natural resources.

           LINCOLN, March 20, 2018 – Today is National Ag Day, but as all Nebraskans know – every day is Ag Day in the heartland. Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry. One in 4 jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture.

           According to State Conservationist Craig Derickson, that’s why the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service takes its mission to “Helping People Help the Land” so seriously.

           “Agriculture in Nebraska isn’t just big business, it’s a way of life. The conservationists at NRCS aren’t just working to protect natural resources, we’re working to protect that way of life.”

           Last year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided over $50 million in financial assistance to producers to install conservation practices on over 2 million acres throughout Nebraska. These conservation practices are applied in cooperation with the landowner to protect water quality, restore wildlife habitat and improve soil health on Nebraska’s agricultural land.

           “Working with landowners who voluntarily apply conservation practices to their ag land benefits all land and all Nebraskans. So, on National Ag Day, NRCS wants to thank all the farmers and ranchers who work with us to protect natural resources,” Derickson said.

           For more information about the conservation assistance provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, visit your local field office or