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Conservation Technical Assistance

The Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program provides voluntary conservation technical assistance supported by science-based technology and tools to help people conserve, maintain, and improve their natural resources. The CTA Program provided the technical capability, including direct conservation planning, design, and implementation assistance, that helps people plan and apply conservation on the land. This assistance is provided to individuals, groups, and communities who make natural resource management decisions on private, tribal, and other non-federal lands. NRCS, through the CTA program, provides conservation technical assistance that addresses natural resource conservation issues at the local level that are of State and National concern.

These are photos of technical assistance being provided by Mississippi NRCS:

Pipe Baffle                  Pond Rehabilitation








Objectives of the program are to:

  • Assist individual land users, communities, conservation districts, and other units of State and local government and Federal agencies to meet their goals for resource stewardship and assist individuals to comply with State and local requirements. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance to individuals is provided through conservation districts in accordance wit the memorandum of understanding signed by the Secretary of Agriculture, the governor of the state, and the conservation district. Assistance is provided to land users voluntarily applying conservation and to those who must comply with local o State laws and regulations.
  • Assist agricultural producers to comply with the highly erodible land (HEL) and wetland (Swamp buster) provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act as amended by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (16 U.C. 3801 et. seq.) and the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 and wetlands requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. NRCS makes HEL and wetland determinations and helps land users develop and implement conservation plans to comply with the law.
  • Provide technical assistance to participants in USDA cost-share and conservation incentive programs. (Assistance is funded on a reimbursable basis from the CCC.)
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, display, and disseminate information about the condition and trends of the Nation's soil and other natural resources so that people can make good decisions about resource use and about public policies for resource conservation.
  • Develop effective science-based technologies for natural resource assessment, management, and conservation.

Technical assistance is for planning and implementing natural resource solutions to reduce erosion, improve soil health, improve water quantity and quality, improve and conserve wetlands enhance fish and wildlife habitat improve air quality, improve pasture and range health, reduce upstream flooding, improve woodlands, and address other natural resource issues.

Click on the following links for more information

2006 Performance Results System Report (PRS)

National Conservation Technical Assistance Program

Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for further details.


State Contacts for information.

Rogerick Thompson
Phone: 601-863.3911
Email: Rogerick Thompson