New today from the executives with the National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of State Conservation Agencies, National Conservation District Employees Association, and National Association of RC&D Councils is guidance on preparing for a federal government shutdown.

Preparing for a Federal Government Shutdown

Good afternoon –

We wanted to be sure and communicate with you as we prepare for the possibility that the federal government will shutdown starting at midnight on October 1, 2023.

While the situation remains fluid on Capitol Hill and legislation could be passed that would avert a shutdown, we wanted to communicate with you today out of an abundance of caution so that individual conservation districts can determine how best to prepare.

We are providing a document prepared by the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) with suggested items for consideration as conservation districts prepare for a shutdown of the federal government.

Download: NCDEA – Federal Shutdown Considerations

As of this message, we are not aware that NRCS Headquarters has communicated shutdown guidance to their employees, however we are aware that some federal travel has been canceled for the near future.

Should a federal shutdown be announced over the weekend, federal employees and partners will be provided up to four hours on Monday to implement an orderly shutdown.

We remain hopeful that there will not be a lapse in federal funding and government offices will remain open. We will continue to communicate and keep you updated as events unfold.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Jeremy Peters, NACD CEO

Mike Beacom, NASCA Executive Director

Tim Riley, NCDEA Executive Director

Colton Buckley, NARCDC Executive Director