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Since its beginnings in the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, NRCS has continued its work to help care for our nation's natural resources. Conservation measures reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and help farmers improve the natural resources on their lands for the benefit of all citizens.

Read the latest conservation success stories that show how NRCS and farmers and ranchers work together to improve agricultural operations while helping the environment.

Dust storm moving in on a western town during the Dust Bowl era. Eighty years ago, April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930’s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought conditions. During that massive storm, people were forced to crawl on hands and knees in search of shelter, literally unable to see their hands in front of their faces. Cars stalled and stopped in the choking dust. Many thought the end of the world had come. Learn more...

 

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