What is NRCS?

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Their mission is to deliver conservation solutions so agricultural producers can protect natural resources and feed a growing world. NRCS envisions a world of clean and abundant water, healthy soils, resilient landscapes, and thriving agricultural communities through voluntary conservation. ​​

What does this mean for you? 
  • Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land

  • NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.

  • NRCS provides incentives to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to put wetlands, agricultural land, grasslands and forests under long-term easements.

How does NRCS work with IERCD? 

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in cooperation with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), funds technical assistance (TA) grants to local conservation districts and other district partners to build capacity and provide increased conservation planning and technical assistance to regional growers. Learn more here

The NACD TA funds support boots on the ground in Inland Empire RCD and Coachella Valley RDC through a regional partnership that aims to carry out farmer outreach and conservation planning, promoting the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Project work primarily consists of reaching historically underserved farmers in both Districts with information on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), conservation planning, and Conservation Operations Technical Assistance (COTA). The project also supports farmers in implementing irrigation management practices.