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A Comparison of Standards: USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and ASABE

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100041.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100041)
Authors:   Clarence Prestwich, P.E., Ruth Book, Ph.D., P.E.
Keywords:   Conservation, practice, standard.

Abstract. The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) maintains an extensive library of over 160 conservation practice standards.  These are used for planning, designing, installing, operating, and maintaining conservation practices on farms and other landscapes. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) also maintains a large library of standards. This paper discusses why we have standards and explores the need for different sets of standards that will accommodate real-world situations. This paper presents information about how NRCS standards are developed and maintained, the differences between the two sets of standards, and how they interface.

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