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NRCS Celebrating 75 Years of Helping People Help the Land

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For 75 years the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been helping people help the land by providing financial assistance and free technical assistance to land users. NRCS employees want to use their agency's 75th anniversary to help spread the word about the work that they and their partners do. 

"NRCS is an agency that has done a lot of good for a lot of people," State Conservationist J.R. Flores said. "We want to get the word out to the communities about our amazing 75-year history and the wide variety of assistance that we can provide."

NRCS was founded April 27, 1935. Hugh Hammond Bennett, known for his studies regarding the effects of soil erosion, was named the first chief.

"We are a federal entity that works primarily with local people," Flores said.  "We don't work with them in a regulatory sense, where we are telling them what to do.  We have a true partnership in which we are always looking for ways we can work together."

NRCS serves all 114 Missouri counties. Across the Show-Me State, 400 NRCS employees work out of more than 100 offices with another 400 employees of local soil and water conservation districts and state agencies also working out of Missouri NRCS offices. 

Throughout the coming months, NRCS offices will be celebrating the diamond anniversary of the agency with a variety of activities in their local communities.

To get more information about NRCS and its programs, visit the Missouri NRCS website at There is a link on the site to assist in locating local offices. Local offices also are listed in telephone directories under "U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture."