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NRCS Small Farm Program. Program Manager Adolfo Perez 202-720-1853 [email protected] Web-site: About the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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nrcs small farm program
NRCSSmall Farm Program
  • Program Manager
  • Adolfo Perez


about the natural resources conservation service
About the Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners. Our partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in the nation, and the Caribbean and Pacific Basin. Participation in our programs is voluntary.
our mission
Our Mission!

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

our vision
Our Vision

Harmony between people and the land  

nrcs role purpose of the small farm program
NRCS Role & Purposeof the Small Farm Program
  • To ensure that NRCS programs are administered in a way that enables small farmers maintain and develop economic viability in farm operations; to ensure NRCS technical assistance programs and activities reach small farmers and ranchers; and that technical practices and information are relevant to the needs of these farmers and ranchers.
definition of a small farm
Definition of a small farm!
  • A farms with less than $250,000 gross receipts annually, on which day-to-day labor and management are provided by the farmer and/or the farm family that owns the production or owns, or leases, the productive assets".
  • Which is 94 % of all farms. 
A Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher
  • is an individual directly or indirectly with gross farm sales not more than $100,000, and
  • Has a total household income at or below national poverty level for a family of four, or has less than 50 % of county median household income, in each of the previous two years. LRF/R make up about 16.7% of all farmers and ranchers
  • A Beginning Farmer or Rancher
  • means an individual or entity who has not operated a farm or ranch, or who has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years. 
  • Currently have about 1.9 million operator of those 32% have less than 10 years according to 1997 census
nrcs programs
Conservation Reserve Program (Farm Service Agency)

Conservation of Private Grazing Lands

Conservation Security Program

Conservation Technical Assistance

Emergency Watershed Protection

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

Forestry Incentives Program

Grassland Reserve Program

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

Resource Conservation and Development

Rural Abandoned Mine Program

Soil Survey Programs

Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting

Stewardship Incentive Program (Forest Service)

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention

Watershed Rehabilitation

Wetlands Reserve Program

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

NRCS Programs!

Conservation Technical Assistance


Resource Conservation and Development


Environmental Quality Incentives Program


nrcs social sciences institute resources and web site
NRCS Social Sciences InstituteResources and Web-site

Kathie M. Starkweather

USDA/NRCS Sociologist

Lincoln, NE 402-437-4098

available tools for outreach and diversity
Available Tools for Outreach and Diversity

Guidebook Reaching Out to Minority Farmers

Working with People of Different Cultures

Working with Asian and Hispanic Limited Resource Producer

How to improve Diversity on your Team

Social and Professional Skills too be Effective with Small Farmers

Social Profile

Gaining Trust with Small Farmers

Barriers and Strategies for Small-Scale Products

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