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. NRCS delivers 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. The partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in the nation, and the Caribbean and Pacific Basin. Participation in our programs is voluntary.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States
The Agricultural Development Division was created in 1975 to increase the economic viability of Vermont's agricultural sector. Agricultural Development's statutory responsibilities (detailed in 6V.S.A. 2963) are summarized as follows:
These legislative mandates have led to Agricultural Development's activity and leadership role in developing local, regional, national and international markets for Vermont products.
For Vermont's agricultural industry to remain viable and sustainable, it must remain profitable. The primary goal of the Agricultural Development Division is to encourage the profitability of Vermont agriculture through the development of a sound business infrastructure.
Our vision is Vermont where people live in harmony with diverse and healthy natural systems; appreciate and enjoy our natural resources; work together responsibly to reduce waste and risks to human health and the environment; and prosper without significant degradation of natural systems. We envision a Vermont where people breathe clean air; drink clean water; eat safe food; and live in a sustained and healthy environment.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides a broad range of services to the public:
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.