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NRCS Seeks Producer/Mentors

Are you a Connecticut farmer interested in mentoring a new NRCS employee? Join the Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program – a state-driven program that matches an experienced producer who is passionate about conservation with an NRCS field employee that is new to the job or new to the area.

The goal of the program is to grow critical relationships with the producers we serve, while at the same time advancing employee knowledge of local production agriculture and natural resources, ultimately enhancing our ability to provide outstanding customer service.

How it Works

Once matched, the employee will go out on the land with their mentor 6-12 times per year for a period of 12-18 months – always during agreed upon times that are convenient for the producer. The mentor will provide a safe, low-risk learning environment for employees to advance their knowledge of:

  • Common agricultural practices, equipment, inputs, and other topics
  • The types of daily challenges and decisions producers face
  • Local resource problems and concerns
  • How producers use conservation practices to address resource concerns

For more information on the CAMP program, check out our factsheet and FAQs, or contact Connecticut’s CAMP Coordinator Javier Cruz at (860) 871-4021.