The passage of the Agriculture Act of 1962 established Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils to assist rural areas with plans for their social, economic, and environmental enrichment. The RC&D Program was developed based on the premise that local people, working together, can identify and solve problems and realize opportunities that will enhance the quality of life in their area.
RC&D Councils are 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations. They are not governmental entities, so the typical policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit the types of issues they tackle or the means they use. Within their respective areas (typically covering 5-8 counties), RC&D Councils have a high degree of independence to carry out activities that will address pressing needs in their communities.
RC&D Council volunteers are leaders and community stakeholders who have roles in local government, school boards, churches, and other civic organizations. At RC&D Council meetings, they draw from their professional expertise and community connections to determine the needs of their RC&D Council areas, address those needs, and make their communities better places to live, work, and play. Nationwide, over 25,000 volunteers serve on local RC&D Councils.
Our Vision: Vibrant communities that achieve balance between human, economic and natural resource needs.