Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency, finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

The Fund has been working with ARS since 1988, with a cooperative agreement research program that has been essential for the science and technology of aquaculture.   ARS funding has supported critical phases of the Fund's Freshwater Institute, from aquaponics (starting with small farms and diversification issues), then to amplifying water supplies to make them more productive, as well as effluent issues, fish health issues, welfare, biosecurity and escape, nutrition, and sustainable seafood issues.  ARS support for The Freshwater Institute - which totals about $30 million to date - has evolved in response to - and in anticipation of - societal concerns about food security and safety.  This long-term investment by ARS - complemented by other sources - has significantly advanced the science and technology of aquaculture and fresh water issues. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) draws on a long history of helping people help the land. For more than 75 years, NRCS and its predecessor agencies have worked in close partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.

NCRS funding is a critical financial catalyst as the Fund works with private landowners on conservation easements.  Non-federal sources provide matching dollars for NRCS funds, which are critically important to protecting farmlands, ranchlands, wetlands and grasslands throughout the U.S.

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) invests in the long-term economic growth and sustainability of rural communities through job training, technical assistance, and financing for businesses, cooperatives, farmers and ranchers and other rural stakeholders.

RBS programs provide crucial funding for the small business financing and advisory services offered by the Natural Capital Investment Fund and for the food system and community development work conducted by Resourceful Communities. The result is the alignment of social, environmental and economic returns for a "triple bottom line.”

U.S. Forest Service

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Projects

SINTEF & Freshwater Compare the Economics & Carbon Footprint of Salmon Farming

SINTEF & Freshwater Compare the Economics & Carbon Footprint of Salmon Farming

A collaboration between the Freshwater Institute and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture examines two types of salmon farming systems—open net...
A Bright Idea for Big Energy Savings: Inter-State Hardwoods

A Bright Idea for Big Energy Savings: Inter-State Hardwoods

Inter-State Hardwoods, located in Bartow, West Virginia, is a family-owned sawmill with roots dating back to 1939, when it first...
Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions, LLC is a natural resource management company located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, that uses an ecosystems services...
Sickler Farm

Sickler Farm

When Lisa and Jeff Sickler moved to their new Moatsville, West Virginia, farm in 2009, they started off simply: ...
Improving the Sustainability of Land-Based Closed-Containment Systems

Improving the Sustainability of Land-Based Closed-Containment Systems

Research at The Freshwater Institute focuses on developing and improving technologies to enhance the sustainability of the modern fish...
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

The National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center (NCWMAC) is a new research facility established by USDA ARS to improve...
Upper Green River Valley Initiative

Upper Green River Valley Initiative

The Conservation Fund and a host of partners launched the Upper Green River Valley Initiative in 2008 to conserve...
Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Henry Crews, Ardis Crews and Marion Brodie Williams are taking a smart approach to revitalizing blighted neighborhoods in their...
Rock Cave IGA

Rock Cave IGA

Glen and Jo Ann Hawkins first opened their Rock Cave, West Virginia, convenience store and gasoline station in 1990....
Neu

Neu's Point and Och's Point State Wildlife Management Areas

Between 1804 and 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark opened the American West on their historic quest to...
Filling in the GAPs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Filling in the GAPs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

As consumer demand for fresh, local food has grown, so have instances of foodborne diseases. Certification in Good Agricultural...
Coastal Headwaters Forest - Longleaf Conservation and Restoration

Coastal Headwaters Forest - Longleaf Conservation and Restoration

Longleaf pine forests once covered 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas.  Today, this habitat has been reduced to ±4.5...
Preserving Farmland in the Ann Arbor Greenbelt

Preserving Farmland in the Ann Arbor Greenbelt

For a relatively small city, Ann Arbor is a happening place—urbane and collegiate, but also earthy and unpretentious. Downtown...

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