Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NRCS Requests Comments on Conservation Performance Measurement Tools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has made available a number of commonly used NRCS conservation performance measurement tools for public review and comment.  The tools are the basic ones utilized by the NRCS for both conservation planning, and evaluating conservation plans and performance.  The tools include the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Wind Erosion Prediction System, Stewardship Tool for Environmental Performance, Windows Pesticide Screening Tool, Pollinator and Wildlife Planning Resource Tool, Farm Irrigation Rating Index, Whole Farm and Ranch Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Accounting System, Rangeland Health Assessment, and Pasture Condition Score. The tools can be found at this link.

NRCS is providing an opportunity for public review and is soliciting public comment on the tools, to "ensure their rigor and determine if there are any areas for improvement." Comments may be submitted through the email address found on the tools website, or directly to Aaron Lauster, EQIP Specialist ( or 202-260-9230)

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