The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's principal agency for providing conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations.
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country.
NRCS uses a nine step planning process when it begins a project. The purpose is to develop and implement plans that protect, conserve, and enhance natural resources within a social and economic perspective
The Iowa Landowner’s Legal Guide aims to provide landowners with information and answers that protect it for the future and identify the responsibilities of landowners. The guide answers frequently asked questions and provides contact information for the agencies, organizations and professionals who can help landowners meet their goals. Included are the first six chapters of the guide, video narratives, and accompanying videos.
Iowa Field Office Technical Guide - The Technical Guide is designed to primarily be used by technically trained people who are assisting landowners and users, land managers and responsible officials of units of government, and other decision makers to plan, apply and maintain appropriate conservation practices.
Watershed Project Planning Protocol - A step-by-step technical guide to assist local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and other local watershed work groups in developing projects that will improve water quality in Iowa's lakes and streams. (PDF, 1.8 MB)