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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Its name was changed in 1994 during the Presidency of Bill Clinton to reflect its broader mission. It is a relatively small agency, currently comprising about 12,000 employees. Its mission is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with local and state agencies. While its primary focus has been agricultural lands, it has made many technical contributions to soil surveying, classification and water quality improvement. One example is the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), set up to quantify the benefits of agricultural conservation efforts promoted and supported by programs in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill). NRCS is the leading agency in this project.

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Matching Natural Resources Conservation Colleges

Name
Duke University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,665 average out-state tuition; $40,665 average in-state tuition
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Four or more years; Public; $37,588 average out-state tuition; $12,440 average in-state tuition
University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Cornell University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,325 average out-state tuition; $41,325 average in-state tuition
Finger Lakes Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,968 average out-state tuition; $3,484 average in-state tuition
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Four or more years; Public; $18,533 average out-state tuition; $6,248 average in-state tuition
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $25,380 average out-state tuition; $12,060 average in-state tuition

Natural Resources Conservation Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration $8,000 December 31, 2016
Williamson Scholarship for Excellence In Agriculture $5,000 February 01, 2017
Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetland Studies $5,000 January 15, 2017
Albert A. Off Scholarship $4,000 February 01, 2017
CREW Chicago Scholarship Up to $3,000 October 31, 2016
Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship $3,000 January 15, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - University of Portland $3,000 April 01, 2017
Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Scholarship $2,000 December 31, 2016
Hillis D. and Esther M. Wickizer Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2017
Regeneron Science Talent Search Up to $250,000 November 09, 2016