Resource Conservation

cabbage field in fall

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's OFFICE OF RESOURCE CONSERVATION (RC) works closely with Maryland farmers and soil conservation districts to plan and implement conservation practices and programs that balance crop and livestock production with the need to protect natural resources. RC provides a range of educational, financial, technical assistance, and regulatory programs to support Maryland agriculture and protect natural resources for future generations. The Office works with a number of local, state, and federal agencies, ​while implementing policies established by the State Soil Conservation Committee. Four key areas - Program Planning and Development, Conservation Grants, Nutrient Management, and Conservation Operations - comprise the Office of Resource Conservation.

Learn more about our agricultural conservation programs

Program Information

Royden Powell III
Assistant Secretary
Resource Conservation
Phone: 410-841-5865
Fax: 410-841-5736

Office Address
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

News, Events and Tools

NEW: Cover Crop Planting Deadline Extended to November 14, 2014

Maryland Farmers Set Record Cover Crop Enrollment

Fall cost-share grants now available for manure incorporation and injection

The  State Soil Conservation Committee will meet Thursday, November 20, 2014 at MDA headquarters. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Cover Crop Farmers: Read the 2014-2015 Cover Crop Welcome Mailer