The Mission of NRCS Outreach is to conduct business to ensure that NRCS programs and services are made accessible to all customers, with emphasis on the underserved. Historically, underserved audiences have included tribes, minorities, women, the disabled, limited resource farmers and small-scale farmers. Underserved audiences can also include other groups of customers, such as the Amish or organic producers.
Outreach is a way of conducting business to ensure that underserved individuals and groups throughout the United States and its territories are made aware of, understand and have a working knowledge of USDA programs and services. Outreach will ensure that these programs and services are equitable and made accessible to all.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. Enhancements include streamlined delivery of technical and financial assistance; improved programs and services; and flexibility in decision making (with most decisions made at the Tribal, State, or local level)
The People, Partnerships and Communities series provide guidance to the conservation partnership about how to effectively work with people and communities. Each information sheet covers one topic and answers 5 questions about that topic: Why is the topic important? Who benefits from the information? When is the information useful? How do you apply the information? Where do you go to get more information?
Technical reports provide more technical, scientific coverage of natural resource topics than the PPC series. They cover social science topics in more depth, with more analysis.
The Marketing Guidebooks were produced by the National Association of Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Institute. They help conservation districts and conservation offices market natural resources conservation and build better conservation programs.