NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. NRCS's conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, conserve water resources , improve water quality, improve soil health and mitigate impacts from natural disasters on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality.
The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource concerns and opportunities, determine your conservation and production objectives, and inventory your operations resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS programs may be available to help share in the cost of implementing the conservation practices needed on your land.