The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents.


In Partnership with Farm Journal's Trust in Food Program, Farm Journal Foundation is proud to highlight our partners' contribution towards conservation

Grazing Cows

Sustainable Grazing Lands

The Nature Conservancy—which owns 500,000 acres of U.S. grazing lands and has helped to conserve millions more through easements and collaborative management—has worked for years to develop strong, trusting relationships within the ranching community and the beef supply chain. We use our lands to work with and support neighboring ranchers and to develop and test science-based management practices.


Collaborating for Success on Rented Lands

More than 40 percent of U.S. farmland is rented, creating an opportunity for farmers and landowners to work together to build a more sustainable food system for a growing world. The Nature Conservancy is working to empower farmers and landowners with resources and opportunities to adopt proven conservation agriculture practices that will increase their profits, improve their land’s long-term viability, and safeguard land and water resources.

Farm Field

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

Since 2014, The Nature Conservancy has been an active champion of the 4R Nutrient Certification Program, which advances the use of a proven, science-based framework by agribusinesses and farmers to ensure the long-term sustainability of crop production, while protecting lands and waters. TNC continues to engage with The Fertilizer Institute and many others to help establish and expand this voluntary program in targeted geographies in the United States and Canada