Established by the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962, the RC&D program began in 1964. The program helps community leaders develop rural economies by improving and conserving local natural resources.
During the 30+ year span of the program, about 26,000 projects have been completed and an additional 1,600 projects are undertaken by RC&D councils each year.
There are over 300 RC&D areas nationwide, encompassing over 2 billion acres. Each RC&D area consists of several counties. Eight RC&D areas currently exist in Kansas.