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Field Office Technical Guide

Conservation Priority Report Louisiana

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Field Office Technical Guide
The Field Office Technical Guides is one of the primary scientific references for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation planners.  It contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources. 

The body of information in the FOTG is the "gold standard" for conservation planning, meaning the FOTG provides conservation planners a comprehensive list of tools and techniques to use when addressing resource concerns.

Take a look at the FOTG for your area . . . 
Parts of the Field Office Technical Guides are available (by parish) online as automated data bases, computer programs, and other electronic-based materials.  Click below to go to the online FOTG, then select Louisiana, then select your parish: 

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What information is located in the Field Office Technical Guide?

Section I
General References
General state maps, descriptions of Major Land Resource Areas, watershed information, and links to NRCS reference manuals and handbooks

Conservation practice costs, agricultural laws and regulations, cultural resources, and information about protected plant and animal species.
Section II
Soil and Site Information
Detailed information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources

NRCS Soil Surveys, Hydric Soils Interpretations, Ecological Site Descriptions, Forage Suitability Groups, Cropland Production Tables, Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides, Water Quality Guides, and other related information

Section III
Conservation Management Systems
Information on NRCS Quality Criteria, which establish standards for resource conditions that help provide sustained use
Section IV
Practice Standards
and Specifications
NRCS Conservation Practices

Practice Standards define the practice and where it applies

Practice specifications are detailed requirements for installing the practice in the state.
Section V
Conservation Effects
Background information on how Conservation Practices affect each identified resource concerns in the state

For more information on the , contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.


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Why is this information important to you as an agricultural producer?

The Field Office Technical Guide:

  • Provides the tools that NRCS conservation planners use to address resource concerns on your farm/ranch

  • Provides insight to the NRCS conservation planner's decision-making process for your farm/ranch

  • Helps you understand the questions asked by the NRCS conservation planners, as well as conservation "lingo"

  • Provides a "gold standard" for NRCS conservation planners

  • Empowers agricultural producers and landowners, enabling them to better assist conservation planners in identifying resource concerns on their property

Commitment to Equality
USDA believes every farmer and rancher should be treated equally and fairly, and we are committed to resolving all cases involving allegations of past discrimination by individuals.

Referral Guide for USDA Settlements and Claims Adjudication Process

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Claims Adjudication Process
If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because you are a female or because you are Hispanic, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.  To request a claims package by telephone, call 1-888-508-4429.  To request a claims package online, please visit
Native American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Keepseagle v. Vilsack)
If you are a Native American who was denied a farm loan or loan servicing by the USDA between January 1, 1981, and November 24, 1999, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To request a claims package by telephone, call:  1-888-233-5506.  To request a claims package online, or for more information, please visit:
African American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Pigford II)
If you are an African American farmer (a) who submitted a request to file a late claim on or between October 13, 1999, and June 18, 2008, under the 1999 USDA settlement in the earlier class action known as Pigford v. Glickman ("Pigford") and (b) who did not receive a merits determination on your discrimination claim, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement.  To hear information by telephone, call 1-866-950-5547 or 1-866-472-7826.  To find information online, please visit:
USDA NRCS Access Opportunity Equity Partnerships

To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Office Locator