USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
NRCS's natural resources conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
For assistance or additional information, please contact Diana Irizarry, District Conservationist, at 252-752-2720 ext 122 or email Diana.Irizarry@nc.usda.gov.
NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners through these programs.
- Conservation of Private Grazing Land
- Conservation Reserve Program (administered by USDA Farm Service Agency)
- Conservation Technical Assistance
- Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
- State Technical Committees
- Agricultural Management Assistance
- Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program
- Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
- 2014 Conservation Activity Plans | 2013 Conservation Activity Plans
- EQIP Initiatives Overview
- National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
The 2014 Farm Bill was enacted on February 7, 2014. NRCS offers voluntary Farm Bill conservation programs that benefit both agricultural producers and the environment.
Some programs will be available immediately, while others will require limited time to be set up within the agency. Details are on each program page and at your local USDA Service Center.
Current Farm Bill contracts remain in effect; new sign-up information will be announced here as it becomes available.
Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on non-agricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.
Backyard Conservation shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades.
Whether you have rural acreage, a suburban yard, or a city lot, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings. Ten conservation practices have been scaled down for homeowners.
Download our Backyard Conservation magazine and tip sheets for more information on bringing conservation to your backyard.
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To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:
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