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Schafer Announces $390 Million Available for Natural Disaster Recovery Assistance

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced $390 million is available through the Emergency Watershed Protection program for landowners and communities to cope with with the aftermath of recent floods, fires, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

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"Soils are the foundation of life." Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer addresses the importance of healthy and productive soils at a preview of "Dig It! The Secrets of Soils," a new exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History. USDA image.

USDA Partners with Smithsonian Institution on "Dig It!" Exhibition

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced that USDA has loaned 54 designated state and territory soil samples to the Smithsonian Institution for a new soils exhibition that opened July 19 at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The soil samples are part of a gallery of monoliths representing all the states, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. The 5,000-square foot exhibition, called “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” also includes interactive displays, hands-on models and videos.


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Conservation... Our Purpose. Our Passion. Image of farm at sunset.

Conservation... Our Purpose. Our Passion

The purpose and passion for conservation is shared among many. It is shared between NRCS employees and partners who help people help the land. And it is shared by the landowners with whom we work. Our passion is manifested through the benefits derived from stewardship of private lands—benefits we all enjoy, such as cleaner water and air, improved soils and abundant wildlife habitat.
Learn about our stories, the stories of conservation made possible through a shared purpose, a shared passion and a shared commitment to conservation.

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Meet the Featured Customers!

Eight featured customers, chosen to represent diversity of geography, culture, conservation practices and products, represent a cross-section of our landowner-partners nationwide as part of our Conservation... Our Purpose. Our Passion. campaign.

 Featured Customer: Mr. Ho, Hawaii featured customer: Mr. Gwinn, Florida featured customer: Ms. Wahl, Oregon Featured Customer: Mr. Stoller, Ohio Featured Customer: Mr. Brown, North Dakota featured customer: Ms. Garcia, Washington featured customer: Mr. Austin, Oklahoma Featured Customer: Chesmer, Connecticut

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Updated 09/05/2008


USDA Emergency Preparedness and Response

2008 Farm Bill

Chesapeake Bay Conservation

2008 Year of the Coral Reef