Each RC&D Council is organized and directed by local people to meet local needs. The RC&D Program identifies and solves problems in rural communities that include human, economic and environmental issues. RC&D addresses local problems by obtaining assistance from the private sector, corporations, foundations and all levels of government.
The RC&D program was authorized by congress with the passage of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962. Each RC&D Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The NM Envirothon is one of the RC&D Focus Areas
To encourage conservation education in the classroom.