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Conservation Technical Assistance

Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?  

The CTA Program provides land users with conservation technology to achieve the benefits of a healthy and productive landscape. 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 sustainability of all lands, including cropland, forestland, grazing lands, coastal lands, and developed and/or developing lands,
  • Assist others in facilitating changes in land use as needed for natural resource protection and sustainability.

Technical assistance is the help provided by NRCS, employees of other entities or agencies under the technical supervision of NRCS, 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 to comply with the Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland (Swampbuster) Conservation Compliance Provisions of the l985 Food Security Act, as amended,
  • 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 federal, state, and local conservation programs,
  • Provide soils information and interpretation to individuals or groups of decision makers, communities, states, and others to aid sound decision making in the wise use and management of soil resources,
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, display and disseminate information about the status, condition, and trends of soil, water and related natural resources so that people can make informed decisions for natural resource use and management.
  • Assess the effects of conservation practices and systems on the condition of natural resources

Although the CTA program does not include financial or cost-share assistance, clients can develop conservation plans, which serve as a springboard for participating in USDA financial assistance programs. CTA planning can also serve as a door to financial assistance and easement conservation programs provided by other federal, state and local programs.

Learn More

To learn how you can receive technical assistance and conservation planning we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office or go to Getting Started With NRCS.

National Conservation Technical Assistance website.