Pollution, Waste Management, and Natural Resources Conservation

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


The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network consists of 18 Federal and university agricultural research sites with an average of over 50 years of history. The goal of this research network is to ensure sustained crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems, and to forecast and verify the effects of environmental trends, public policies, and emerging technologies.

Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Links to digital publications on sustainable land use practices and natural resources protection.


Offers fact sheets, webinars, videos, photos, and presentation slides for educators on measuring and managing air emissions.

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. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Provides the environmental requirements for many areas of agriculture. Includes background information, compliance aids, regulations, and permit requirements.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.