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photograph of children observing a gardenUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has formed a wide variety of partnerships at the local, state, and national levels that directly or indirectly enhance the Agency’s ability to foster effective conservation of natural resources on non-Federal lands.  Innumerable additional opportunities exist for new conservation partnerships to be formed in support of the Agency’s mission.

Federal, State, and nonprofit groups that encompass  NRCS South Carolina (SC)  conservation partnerships have diverse and unique areas of expertise in their discipline, and location.
(Click on image to see Partners in Action)

NRCS  SC supports efforts to work on non-Federal lands to conserve, improve, and sustain natural resources. The agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based assistance, partnerships, and cooperative problem solving at the community level. To carry out its mission, NRCS SC works in partnership with owners and operators, providing resource inventories and assessments and conservation planning technical assistance.

NRCS SC  emphasizes the need to reach its community-based organizations to recognize groups concerns with improving the quality of life for residents within local communities. Community-based organizations can initiate and manage projects and provide an avenue to reach underserved audiences. They  include non-profit, and non-government organizations such as:  faith-based , women’s  environmental , farm and/or woodlands groups; educational, trade, professional associations; and schools.

Partnerships provide an efficient mechanism for an individual or entity to accomplish more than would otherwise be possible if the individual or entity were working alone. Each party brings a unique set of expertise, resources, perspectives, experience, and energy to the partnership, maximizing the effectiveness of achieving common goals.

NRCS SC is engaged in numerous partnerships to  effectively address the full range of issues necessary to carry out its mission.   We invite partners to join in these  endeavors.

Our Partners Include:



  • Farmers and Ranchers
  • Other land decision makers
  • Federal agencies
  • Local and State governments
  • International governments
  • Resource Conservation and Development councils
  • Rural and urban communities
  • Water management groups
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Social groups
  • Other individuals, groups, and associations
  • And ultimately, every water user and food consumer in the Nation

Partnership Members

The NRCS SC ) is a  Federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of South Carolina to conserve natural resources on private lands. Formerly the Soil Conservation Service, NRCS brings over 85 years of scientific and technical expertise to the Partnership.

The State Technical Committee is a partnership committee that advises the NRCS State Conservationist on the technical guidelines necessary to implement the conservation provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. Committee membership includes representatives from federal and state conservation agencies, agricultural producers, native American tribes, nonprofit organizations, and agribusiness.

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the national organization for 3,000 local conservation districts across the country. Conservation districts are local units of government responsible for the soil and water conservation work within their boundaries. The districts' role is to increase voluntary conservation practices among farmers, ranchers and other land users.

Accomplishing the Mission through Partnerships

It goes without saying that Conservation is a big job and it takes a team of committed organizations and groups to meet the challenge.  NRCS has been fortunate to be able to develop and foster such relationships. To find out more about how you can partner with NRCS, click on the link.

Feeding America

One of the goals of the Department of Agriculture is to provide all Americans access to a safe, nutritious and secure food supply.  Click here to read about the SC Food Connection project for details on how NRCS is supporting this effort.