Indiana NRCS Conservation Agronomist provide technical assistance to Indiana's Conservation Partnership Field Service Centers in all phases of the agronomy program. Includes links to the Indiana Nutrient and Pest Management pages
It is the policy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to use the biological sciences (a) to develop and improve soil and water conservation measures that help maintain fish and wildlife as integral components of all ecosystems such as forest, cropland, and aquatic ecosystems; (b) to protect the habitat of threatened and endangered species of plants and animals; (c) to safeguard unique ecosystems; (d) to develop and maintain an esthetically pleasing, high quality environment. These goals form the basis for the development of the Biology Technical Standards, Biology Job Sheets and Biology Technical Notes found below.
NRCS provides technical assistance to address natural resource concerns through the Conservation Planning Process. Conservation Planning tools such as Customer Service Toolkit assist in this effort. Links related to Conservation planning tools, references, and help documents are available here.
The NRCS Cultural Resources Program provides technical assistance to all components of the Indiana Conservation Partnership concerning management of Indiana's heritage resources.
Save ENERGY, Save MONEY - Farmers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and save money by implementing conservation practices that provide energy efficiency benefits.
NRCS provides engineering solutions to natural resource problems through solid engineering practice, standards and technical tools to support agency programs and activities. Commonly used Indiana tools and references are provided.
The Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)
is the primary scientific reference used by NRCS in conservation
activities. This guide is now available on-line as the Field
Office Technical Guide.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service promotes forestry by providing technical assistance to private landowners with assistance from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry to manage existing forest lands, plant trees and shrubs, establish riparian forest buffers and windbreaks to help conserve energy.
This page contains information to assist NRCS employees and partner in the use of GIS and GPS software and hardware in Indiana Field Offices. Any use of trade, product or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government
The Natural Resources Conservation Service promotes prescribed grazing and improved forage management by providing technical assistance to private landowners.
The NRCS Plant Materials Program is a dynamic program that addresses resource problems and concerns through the use of vegetation and vegetative techniques. The program assembles, tests, and releases plant materials for conservation materials: arranges for commercial production; and promotes the use of plant materials needed to meet the objectives and priorities established locally and nationally.
Soil Health is soil managed to its optimum potential through a system of conservation practices, including never-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate. This approach results in healthy soil that reduces erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, manages the effects of flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams and rivers. Indiana success with this approach, being promoted through the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, is getting national attention and will be a focus of NRCS this year.
It is the policy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to use the biological sciences (a) to develop and improve soil and water conservation measures that help maintain fish and wildlife as integral components of all ecosystems such as forest, range, cropland, and aquatic ecosystems; (b) to protect the habitat of threatened and endangered species of plants and animals; (c) to safeguard unique ecosystems; (d) to develop and maintain an esthetically pleasing, high quality environment.
The Rapid Watershed Assessments (RWAs) consists
of geographically displayed data layers, along with printable tabular
watershed reports including summary data and source information.
The RWAs draw on statewide data layers, clipped to the Hydrological Unit
Codes (HUA) 8 digit watershed boundaries, in order to provide a
watershed view of resource concerns that can be compared on a statewide
Farmers and ranchers can cut input costs, maintain production, protect soil and water resources, reduce the nationís dependence on fossil fuels, and save money by using the conservation practices described on this web site. Check with your local Indiana NRCS office to find out about your area's options.
... it is the continuing policy of the Federal Government, in cooperation with State and local governments, and other concerned public and private organizations, to use all practicable means and measures, including financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generation of Americans. Indiana Conservation Planning information (IN-CPA-52).