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Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program (CAMP) 

Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program (CAMP)

What is it?
CAMP is a state-driven, partnership and field-based program to advance employees' professional knowledge of production agriculture and natural resources in their local areas while growing relationships with producers and enhancing employees' capacity to provide excellent customer service.

This program provides the opportunity for mentor producers to engage with mentee employees several times over the course of the program, which lasts 1-1.5 years for each employee.

By focusing on field-based, active learning, we aim to accelerate employees' early career development and enhance their ability to provide customer service of the highest quality, while also increasing their confidence, connection to their local communities and their understanding of producers' needs.

How Does it Work?
NRCS will match producer volunteers who are passionate about conservation and teaching with field employees who have fewer than three years of experience or who are new to an area. The producers will have an opportunity to mentor the employees through active engagement on their operations to help the employees enhance their knowledge of common agricultural practices, equipment, inputs and other agricultural factors in the local area, including:

  • The types of challenge and decisions producers face day-to-day
  • Local resource problems and concerns
  • How NRCS and producers address local resource problems and concerns

Who is involved?
There are three main groups of people who are involved in the program: 

  1. Volunteer producers (mentors) who are passionate about conservation and teaching
  2. NRCS employees (mentees) who have fewer than three years of experience or who are new to an area 
  3. The NRCS employees who supervise participating employees 

What is the time commitment?
The time commitment is minimal. Producer mentors commit to engaging out on the land with their mentees a few times each year, at times that are convenient for the mentors. 

Who can participate?
Producers who are passionate about conservation and teaching, and who agree to provide a safe learning experience for program mentees, can be a mentor.

How Can I Get Involved or Learn More?
To get involved or learn more, please contact CAMP State Coordinator Michael Larsen at michael.larsen@usda.gov or 435-893-3350.

To find your local service center, follow this link.

NRCS Utah Mentor Program

General Info:

Contact:
Mike Larsen
State Mentor Program Coordinator
435-893-3350

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As a volunteer, you could gain professional experience, discover a lifetime career, receive training, earn academic credit, work on conservation activities in your community, and help conserve natural resources for future generations.

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If you can help or would like more information, contact: 

Starline Rivera
State Volunteer Coordinator for Utah NRCS
125 S State Street, Rm 4010
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1100

Phone:  (801) 524-4265
Email: starline.rivera@usda.gov

 

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