USDA & FSA News

Notice of Availability of Proposed Revisions to Section I of the Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota State Technical Guides for Public Review and Comment

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is proposing minor technical revisions to the IA, MN, ND and SD State Offsite Methods (SOSM), which can be used in completing preliminary wetland determinations for Food Security Act purposes. read more


NRCS Announces EQIP Signup for FY 2018 Funding

Apply by August 18, 2017. Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign-up for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding. Cathee Pullman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by August 18, 2017, for funding in 2018. read more


Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to celebrating National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. read more


NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). read more


USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). read more


DNR releases Minnesota buffer map; implementation begins

As part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. read more