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Conservation Planning Policy

Nov. 20, 2018 - The Conservation Planning and Technical Assistance Division (CPTAD) recently updated its conservation planning policy.  Revisions include changes to requirements for conservation planner designations, such as those that impact Technical Service Providers. CPTAD shared the changes with NRCS employees through a national bulletin. More detailed information about changes to Title 180, General Manual, Part 409, Amendment 43 "Conservation Planning Policy" can be found in  E-Directives’ National Bulletin 180-19-1, posted on October 25, 2018.  

Revised Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) Site Available

Sept. 19, 2018 - The Ecological Sciences Division launched its fifth revised FOTG on September 19. Field offices, the guide’s primary users, will find the guide’s new design improves the user experience and encourages consistency in its five sections. The guide continues to allow states to add relevant information, but it is also organized to ensure its structure is consistent for all states.

Learn more about the revised FOTG or visit FOTG.  

2019 Payment Schedules Available

State Payment Schedules HeaderAug. 22, 2018 - Each state’s payment schedules, including payment scenarios, are available on our payment schedules web page

This is intended as a quick, always-up-to-date reference for you and for customers. The link can also be found on the Financial Assistance page on the NRCS​ website in the left toolbar. 

Service Now  -  IT Help Desk Portal has New Address

Dec. 13, 2018 - More than 50 NRCS applications receive helpdesk support by using ServiceNow. As of Dec. 12, you can access ServiceNow at a new address of

Announcing the National Release of Conservation Desktop Version 1.0

Conservation Desktop - ScreenshotSept. 14, 2017 -  Conservation Desktop (CD) Version 1.0 - Release 1 (CD V1-R1) was deployed to production on July 31, 2017. CD is one of the three Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (CDSI) components. The others are Conservation Client Gateway (CCG) and the Mobile Planning Tool (MPT).  

The link to CD can be found in the left navigation as well as in the Field Tools community in Connect. You can learn more in the national bulletin announcing the release of Conservation Desktop

Conservation Client Gateway

Learn about Conservation Client Gateway, find important documents, and view video training.


The following links are pages on the NRCS​ website tagged as important for employees.