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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is a strong believer in the team approach to conservation. We work closely with our sister agencies, state and local governments and advocacy groups with like goals to protect the Commonwealth's precious natural resources.

In Virginia, NRCS has been supercharging locally led conservation through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) since its inception in 2014. Now a standalone program under the 2018 Farm Bill, RCPP promotes coordination of NRCS and partner activities to address on-farm, watershed and regional natural resource concerns. We also work with public and private partners to evaluate and accelerate adoption of new approaches to natural resource protection through Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) projects.

Letters of Collaboration: Potential partners seeking letters of collaboration to strengthen application packages for conservation and outreach project grants should submit these requests to the Virginia State Office. View this partner guide (pdf, 253 KB) to get more details on the process and documentation required.

Our Partners

Numerous individuals, groups, agencies and organizations are also actively involved in enhancing Virginia's Natural Resources. These include, but are not limited to:

  • VASWCD - Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Conservation Organizations
  • RC&D Councils - Virginia Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils
  • Agribusiness
  • State & Federal Agencies
  • Producer Organizations
  • Professional Societies
  • Universities
  • NRCS Earth Team Volunteers
  • Agricultural & Environmental Groups

Our Customers

  • Farmers
  • Landowners
  • Federal Agencies
  • Local & State Government
  • Rural & Urban Communities
  • Watershed Groups
  • Other Individuals, Groups, Associations

State Technical Committee

The State Technical Committee provides information, analysis and recommendations on a wide variety of policy issues to NRCS. Although State Technical Committees have no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations. Find out more about the State Technical Committee.

National Links

Farm Bureau
NACD - National Association of Conservation Districts
United States Department of Agriculture
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service