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Conservation Technical Assistance Program: Purpose

The Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA) provides land users with one-on-one advice, proven conservation technologies and the delivery system needed to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape.

Primary Purposes

The primary purposes of the CTA program are to:

  • Reduce soil loss from erosion
  • Solve soil, water quality, water conservation, air quality, and agricultural waste management problems
  • Reduce potential damage caused by excess water and sedimentation or drought
  • Enhance the quality of fish and wildlife habitat
  • Improve the long-term land sustainability
  • Assist others in facilitating changes in land use as needed for natural resource protection and sustainability

Primary Objectives

The primary objectives of the CTA program are to:

  • Assist individuals or groups of decision makers, communities, conservation districts, units of State and local government, tribes, and others to voluntarily conserve, maintain, and improve natural resources.
  • Provide community, watershed, and area-wide technical assistance in collaboration with local units of government, to develop and implement resource management plans that conserve, maintain and improve natural resources.
  • Assist agricultural producers with complying with the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland (Swampbuster) Conservation Compliance Provisions.
  • Assist decision-makers to comply with Federal, State, tribal, and local environmental regulations and related requirements, and to prepare them to become eligible to participate in other conservation programs.
  • Provide soils information and interpretation to individuals or groups of decision makers, communities, States, and others to aid  decision making with regards to management of soil resources.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, display, and disseminate information about the status, condition, and trend of soil, water, and related natural resources so that customers can make informed decisions for natural resource use and management.
  • Assess the effects of conservation practices and systems on the condition of natural resources.