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State and National  Priorities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service sets national priorities for the agency to focus on during the fiscal year. Locally, working groups under the county conservation districts, determine resource priority concerns and make recommendations to the State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The STAC then advises the State Conservationist on the resource priorities citizens feel are the most important. The State Conservationist ultimately make the final decision for the local priorities.

National Priorities

The national priorities include soil quality, water quality and quantity, plants, energy, wildlife habitat, air quality, and related natural resource concerns: 

  1. Reductions of nonpoint source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds consistent with total maximum daily loads (TMDL) where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and the reduction of contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations;
  2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources;
  3. Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards;
  4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land;
  5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation including development and improvement of wildlife habitat; and
  6. Energy conservation to help save fuel, improve efficiency of water use, maintain production, and protect soil and water resources by more efficiently using fertilizers and pesticides.

State Priorities

To support and compliment the National CSP Priorities, N.H. NRCS has identified the following as our State Priority Resource Concerns:

  1. Degraded Plant Condition
  2. Pest Pressure
  3. Livestock Production Limitation
  4. Aquatic Habitat
  5. Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss
  6. Soil Quality Depletion
  7. Source Water Depletion
  8. Terrestrial Habitat
  9. Weather Resilience
  10. Concentrated Erosion
  11. Wind and Water Erosion

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