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Conservation Technical Assistance

Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) provides our nation’s farmers, ranchers and forestland owners with the knowledge and tools they need to conserve, maintain and restore the natural resources on their lands and improve the health of their operations for the future.

NRCS offers this assistance at no cost to the producers we serve. Our goal is to give our customers personalized advice and information, based on the latest science and research, to help them make informed decisions.

If a producer chooses to take the next step towards improving their operations, we can work with them to develop a conservation plan, with suggested conservation practices that can help them reach their production and conservation goals.

Producers can also choose to apply for financial assistance to get help installing the conservation practices outlined in their conservation plan.

Cody Scott harvests grape tomatoes at Green Bexar Farm, in Saint Hedwig, Texas, near San Antonio, on Oct 21, 2020. Cody and Natalie Scott started with a 10-acre pecan grove in 2017 and has since converted one acre for a wide variety of produce on micro irrigated beds outdoors and in three seasonal high tunnels installed with the technical and financial conservation assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Cody estimates it would have taken him te

Conservation Planning

A conservation plan identifies a customer’s conservation objectives and assesses and analyzes the natural resources issues on that customer’s land.

Additional Information

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