USDA NRCS Partnership
The Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) works in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the lead conservation agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The primary role of NRCS is to administer the Farm Bill Programs mandated by congress and to provide conservation technical assistance.
NRCS is a non-regulatory agency that provides services upon request on a voluntary basis. The cornerstone of the success of NRCS is Conservation Planning assistance. The Conservation District and NRCS work together in Cheshire County to help set conservation goals, work with people on the land, and provide services--such as workshops to landowners--in our county.
NRCS was established in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service in response to the Dust Bowl. In 1937, the first county Conservation District was formed to link federal agency resources with the local farmers. Since then, nearly 3000 Conservation Districts have been organized, including the ten county Conservation Districts we have in New Hampshire.
The Conservation District and NRCS partnership recognizes that local conservation concerns and innovative projects are often beyond the means of a single landowner and, therefore, require cooperation and public support. Working together, the CCCD and NRCS team help local landowners and county residents put conservation into practice.
While NRCS is a technical agency that provides trained soil conservationists, technicians, soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, economists, biologists, foresters and other experts to help landowners and land users with conservation, the Conservation District serves as the local link to connect land owners and users to the services NRCS provides.
NRCS services include:
Conservation Problem Solving
Collecting and Assessing Natural Resources Data
Providing Natural Resource Information and Education
NRCS Technical Standards and Specifications
Conservation Methods and Evaluations
Visit the NRCS website for more information about the conservation programs they provide.