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Precision Agriculture Workshop

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm (3 pm with optional equipment tour)

Irasburg Town Hall, 118 Park Avenue in Irasburg

Join the Orleans County Conservation District and representatives from Harvest Equipment, Agricultural Consulting Services and Dairy One, Magnan’s Custom Service, and Farm Compliance Services to learn about how precision agriculture technology can increase your operation’s productivity and efficiency and help manage impacts on natural resources. Please contact Emily Irwin to RSVP at 802-334-6090 x 7008 or

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2019 Spring Plant Sale

All proceeds from the Orleans County NRCD Spring Plant Sale benefit our conservation programs. Place your order by Friday, March 29th. All orders must be picked up on Saturday, May 4th between 9am and noon.

Order forms and checks should be sent to the Orleans County NRCD office at 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, VT 05855. Please see the plant sale order form for more information.


Plant sale catalogue   plant sale order form

Water Quality Reports and Resources

Conservation Matters Videos

Newport movie theater will be showing two videos of the Faces of Vermont Agriculture series which is a collection of eight short video profiles that highlight outstanding stewards of the land who live and farm in the Green Mountain State.

Required Agricultural Practices (RAP) QUIZ

 The goal of the RAP Online Quiz is to provide an accessible, informative tool for livestock farmers of all size operations and to raise awareness of the RAPs and water quality improvement practices available to Vermont farmers.

2017 District Highlights Newsletter

The Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) was established in 1946 as a non-regulatory organization led by local landowners. We strive to protect natural resources by seeking solutions to local environmental concerns and providing resources to address them.

Our current focus is to support Orleans County communities and landowners in their efforts to improve water quality issues. Our extensive partnerships with state, federal and local organizations enable us to coordinate resources locally to support conservations land use practices.

Mission Statement

Protect and enhance the waters of Orleans County by providing leadership, education and services for implementation of sound land stewardship practices in order to improve the quality of all of the county’s waters. 

Contact us at: 

59 Waterfront Plaza
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-8325 x 7008
VACD Technical Staff: (802) 334-8325 x20

Conservation Success Story!

Orleans County NRCD and Memphremagog Watershed Association highlight local farmers in Newport, VT who reduced their nonpoint source pollution. With help from NRCS, the McCormicks installed best management practices that reduced phosphorous runoff in the Strawberry Acres tributary by 50%!

Read more about this Success Story.

“I don’t think people realize the effect that these projects can have on the environment.”

Amanda McCormick


“We are getting more milk and better quality since we completed all this work”, this is their third year of getting a quality milk award. Overall, the project “has brought us closer together as a family.”

Chad McCormick