A Beginning Rancher's Experience with NRCSA beginning rancher, Jorge Espinoza, is featured on USDA’s blog regarding his experience with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Read an excerpt from the blog post below. Excerpt: Despite the ongoing drought in part of Texas, there are always people who want to get into the cattle raising business. A growing segment of these new beef producers are non-traditional small-tract landowners, such as Jorge Espinoza of Laredo. Espinoza just purchased his first 50 acres, and he quickly learned that if he was to be successful, he needed expert advice. Through word of mouth, Espinoza heard about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency that works with farmers and landowners to implement conservation on private lands… To map out how to accomplish his long-term goals, Espinoza worked with NRCS to create a conservation plan. That’s when Espinoza found out that he qualified for assistance through the USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative, and through it, would be able to install a solar pump on an existing water well. The new pump eliminated his need to pump water from the well with a generator, saving energy and money. You can read more about Jorge's experience here.