This program works to protect the agricultural lifestyle in Montezuma County. It focuses on a whole farm approach to agricultural conservation; soil sampling procedures, evaluations, learning from local speakers/experts; two full day field trips with hands on demonstrations; NRCS principles of sustainable practices; and sharing information. The High Deseert Conservation District has a long history dating from 1941 and is one of 76 districts in the state. It is funded from a variety of sources including grants, sales of services and conservation supplies.