Technical Assistance (CTA) program provides voluntary conservation technical
assistance to land-users, communities, units of state and local government, and
other Federal agencies in planning and implementing conservation systems. This
assistance is for planning and implementing conservation practices that address
natural resource issues. It helps people voluntarily conserve, improve and
sustain natural resources.
The benefits of
The NRCS offers
technical assistance for planning and implementing natural resource solutions to
Improve soil health
quantity and quality
Improve and conserve
Enhance fish and
wildlife habitat and restore natural ecosystems
Improve air quality
natural resource issues
Why does NRCS offer
Technical assistance is
for planning and implementing natural resource solutions to reduce erosion,
improve soil health, improve water quantity and quality, improve and conserve
wetlands, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve air quality, improve
pasture and range health, reduce upstream flooding, improve woodlands, and
address other natural resource issues.
CTA program objectives
To assist individual
land users, communities, conservation districts, and other units of State
and local government and Federal agencies to meet their goals for resource
stewardship and assist individuals to comply with State and local
requirements. NRCS assistance to individuals is
provided through conservation districts in accordance with the memorandum of
understanding signed by the Secretary of Agriculture, the governor of the
state, and the conservation district.
Assistance is provided to land users voluntarily applying conservation and
to those who must comply with local or State laws and regulations.
assist agricultural producers to comply with the Highly Erodible Land (HEL)
and wetland (Swampbuster) provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act as
amended by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (16
U.S.C. 3801 et. seq.) and the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act
of 1996 and wetlands requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
NRCS makes HEL and wetland determinations and helps land users develop and
implement conservation plans to comply with the law.
To provide technical
assistance to participants in USDA cost-share and conservation incentive
programs. (Assistance is funded on a reimbursable basis from the CCC.)
To collect, analyze,
interpret, display, and disseminate information about the condition and
trends of the Nation’s soil and other natural resources so that people can
make good decisions about resource use and about public policies for
To develop effective
science-based technologies for natural resource assessment, management, and
How does CTA work with
Farm Bill programs?
conservation technical assistance base program, wholly or in part, provides
technical assistance for implementation of the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and
Wetland Provisions, and many other programs authorized by the 1996 Farm Bill.
NRCS technical field staff makes HEL and wetland determinations and assist
land-users to develop and implement conservation plans needed to ensure
compliance with the law.
The working relationships that
landowners and communities have with their local NRCS staff are unique.
One-on-one help through flexible, voluntary programs occurs every day in local
NRCS offices across the country. It is the way NRCS does business, and it works.
To obtain conservation technical assistance, contact your
local USDA-NRCS office.