The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve the natural resources and environment in Lorain County.


42110 Russia Road
Elyria, OH 44035-6813
Phone: 440.323.5648 Ext. 3
FAX: 440.326.5807

About the NRCS in Lorain County

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The primary purpose of the NRCS is to assist the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District in applying a program of natural resources management in Lorain County, Ohio.

The NRCS works with conservation districts nationwide and provides technical assistance to landowners applying conservation practices as spelled out in the Field Office Technical Guide.

[Photo: Wildflower meadow –
enrolled in 10-year CRP
( Brownhelm Twp.)]
NRCS is technically responsible for the installing of conservation practices and manages a number of USDA programs that bring technical and financial assistance to private landowners within the county. Three fundamental principles guide how NRCS conducts business:
  1. Service — Giving customers the best products and service NRCS employees can provide. Customer needs are as important to conservation as our understanding of natural resources.
  2. Partnerships — Building effective relationships with other agencies and organizations that share NRCS objectives
  3. Technical Excellence — delivering up-to-date- and easily accessible science-based information and technology

NRCS Statement of Vision: “Productive Lands – Healthy Environment

NRCS Statement of Mission: “Helping People Help the Land

NRCS is housed within the same office space as the Lorain SWCD. Contact information is listed above.

NRCS employees in Lorain County:

Financial Assistance
Conservation Programs

Farmers and landowners can apply for financial assistance through a number of USDA conservation programs.

[Photo: Warm season prairie grasses –
est. in 10-year general CRP –
(Wellington Twp.)]
These programs are generally developed to benefit rural and agricultural lands and are authorized through the Farm Bill. They all have different purposes, qualifications, application processes and varying levels of funding. The programs generally will benefit natural resources management with specific goals of improving and protecting agricultural land, pasture, woodland and wildlife lands and for improving water quality.

The following programs are administered by NRCS: The Following Programs are administered by the Farm Services Agency:


August 16, 2017