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Pollution, Waste Management, and Natural Resources Conservation

(USDA) Agricultural Research Service biologist testing the level of environmental harshness or pollution in a stream

Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Organizes USDA research on the technologies and strategies needed to help farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural professionals manage their natural resources. Includes projects on water availability and watershed management, climate change, soils, and emissions, biorefining, agricultural and industrial byproducts, pasture, forage and rangeland systems, and agricultural system competitiveness and sustainability.

Programs: NRCS Conservation Programs
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Describes programs to reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Lists technical assistance and leadership efforts on the natural resource concerns facing cropland, including erosion, soil quality, runoff, leaching, and irrigation.

NRCS Maps, Data, Mobile Apps
USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Links to websites and mobile applications containing soil survey, water, climate, air quality, energy, and other natural resources data relevant to agriculture.

Environmental Quality: Overview
USDA. Economic Research Service.
Contains analyses of programs and policies in combating the harmful effects of agriculture as they relate to soil, water, and air quality, wildlife habitats, and wetlands.

Agriculture Topics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Provides the environmental requirements for many areas of agriculture. Includes background information, compliance aids, regulations, and permit requirements.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Contains fact sheets, reports, guidance documents, manuals, and other resources on the agricultural activities that cause pollution in rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and ground water.

Agriculture Environmental Management Systems
Presents resources to help farmers integrate environmental considerations into their daily operations.

Air Quality in Animal Agriculture
Offers fact sheets, webinars, videos, photos, and presentation slides for educators on measuring and managing air emissions.

Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Links to digital publications on sustainable land use practices and natural resources protection.