Certification verifies knowledge of conservation and sustainability of various natural resources
TEMPLE (September 5, 2023) – A new NRCS Fundamentals of Conservation & Sustainability in Agriculture Certification, created in collaboration with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Texas Corn Producers (TCP), is now available on the iCEV Testing Platform. The certification verifies individuals have obtained exceptional knowledge and skills in the areas of conservation and sustainability of various natural resources including soil, water, air, plants and animals.
As the USDA’s primary private lands conservation agency, NRCS generates, manages, and shares the data, technology, and standards that enable landowners and managers and conservation partners to make decisions informed by objective, reliable science. The iCEV course curriculum is largely based on NRCS research, scientific information and best management practices for conserving and preserving natural resources such a soil, plants, animals, water and air.
“Understanding natural resources helps raise awareness about the importance of conserving them for future generations,” said NRCS Texas State Conservationist Kristy Oates. “This knowledge can contribute to increased interest in conservation careers, economic growth, and the development of technologies that utilize natural resources efficiently.”
“Texas Corn Producers is excited to be a part of developing this opportunity for the next generation to gain an understanding of agriculturists’ commitment to conserving natural resources,” said Kyla Hamilton, the TCP Advertising, Promotion and Education Committee Chair. “Working with NRCS and iCEV, this certification uniquely equips students with the foundational knowledge of how agriculturists work to leave our land better than before.”
The course is targeted toward high school agricultural science students but learners at any stage of their education or career can sign up for the certification program. To earn the certification, candidates must pass a 100-question exam. The testing platform offers optional study materials designed to prepare individuals to earn the certification.
The Fundamentals of Conservation & Sustainability in Agriculture Certification prepares earners for a meaningful and important career of conserving our environment and natural resources through sustainable agricultural practices that will help feed the growing world.
Further, career opportunities in natural resources are expected to grow in the coming years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which predicts there will be approximately 7,800 job openings each year for environmental scientists and specialists. Career opportunities include forest and conservation technicians, conservation scientists, environmental restoration planners and sustainability analysts.
As the USDA’s primary private lands conservation agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps to keep working lands working, boost rural economies, increase the competitiveness of American agriculture, and improve the quality of our air, water, soil, and habitat. Through voluntary conservation programs, NRCS helps producers, soil and water conservation districts, and other partners protect and conserve natural resources on private lands throughout the United States. With approximately 2,300 Service Centers in communities nationwide, NRCS and other USDA employees work side-by-side with producers in every state and territory. Producers can learn more or apply for a program by contacting their local Service Center or using our Conservation Concerns Tool. Necesita información en español? Busque nuestras traducciones.
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