The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture provides technical assistance to the Richmond Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) in order to assist the District implement its conservation program.
The NRCS was formed as the Soil Erosion Service in the early 1930s after the “dustbowl” era in which millions of tons of topsoil was blown or eroded away in the Midwest and Southwest portions of the country.
The Soil Erosion Service soon became the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), but its charge was the same – to save invaluable topsoil in order for agricultural land to remain as productive as possible and to provide technical assistance to farmers to solve soil erosion problems.
Now, since becoming the NRCS in 1983, the agency has expanded its focus on natural resource problems to include not only soil erosion but also water quality, water quantity, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forestry – all while maintaining the personal technical assistance to producers that helped found the agency.
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