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NRCS Conservation Practice Standards for Agroforestry

Conservation Practice Standards are a key component in USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Plans and the delivery of Technical Assistance by NRCS to its cooperators. NRCS Financial Assistance is directly tied to these Standards, and is delivered through programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and other USDA and State conservation programs. A variety of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards can be used to implement agroforestry practices. This page focuses on the practice standards that are specific to agroforestry. Use the map below to see if your state offers standards for the following practices: Alley Cropping, Multistory Cropping (Forest Farming), Riparian Forest Buffers, Silvopasture, Windbreak Establishment, and Windbreak Renovation. More information about these state standards can be found in your state's Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

To learn which agroforestry practice standards are offered in each state, select:

  • A practice to display the states that offer the selected practice on the map
  • A state to show all agroforestry standards offered for that state

This map was updated in June 2022.

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How to find conservation practice standards in your Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)

  1. Go to the Field Office Techincal Guide County website or select a state on the map and select the FOTG button that appears, which takes you to the NRCS website.
  2. Choose a state in an alphabetical list of state names and click “submit” to reach the local FOTG. A document tree on the left side of the screen lists the five sections’ contents. Document collections and search results are displayed clearly in the center of the screen.
  3. After submitting the appropriate state, use the dropdown menu to select Section IV.
  4. Section IV has undergone the most significant changes to encourage consistency in document organization.
    • For an interim period, Section IV will contain two collections called “Conservation Practices and Support Documents and Old Section IV.
    • All documents displayed in Section IV are approved for use in the state, except for those held in a sub-folder labeled Archives. Files in Archives are no longer applicable. Eventually all state documents will be moved into the Conservation Practices and Support Documents and the Old Section IV will be removed.
    • Select the Conservation Practices folder and scroll to the folder regarding the appropriate practice (organized alphabetically). These folders provide documents on the standards, statements of work, job sheets, and other information related to the implementation of the practice in your state.