NACD’s statement on USDA reorganization


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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts has reviewed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s plan to restructure USDA’s mission areas.

“As one of USDA’s core partners, NACD’s primary goal is to ensure that American landowners are given the tools and technical assistance they need to conserve and enhance our nation’s natural resources,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “For this reason, we were glad to hear Secretary Perdue say that no reduction in the workforce will occur as a result of the reorganization.”

“NACD looks forward to providing input to USDA throughout the reorganization process to ensure continued strong service delivery,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “Because many of the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts are co-located with USDA field offices, local input is critical as the reorganization progresses to prevent any loss of service.”


The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

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