Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
Type: Technical assistance
Max award: Provided at no cost, as staff is available
Big idea: Conservation Technical Assistance helps individuals manage natural resources such as soil, water, and wildlife. This program provides a broad array of assistance, including the conservation planning that must occur before an application for financial assistance from another program is approved, and technical assistance to help individuals comply with regulatory requirements.
Who can apply: No application is necessary; CTA delivers assistance as needed to a broad array of customers - landowners, conservation districts, Tribes, States, local jurisdictions, and others
Real example: Beginning farmer Nancy Barrett requested Conservation Technical Assistance to help evaluate the natural resource challenges presented by her diverse operation, Scantic Valley Farm in Connecticut, which specializes in beef, pork and eggs but also provides pick-your-own berry opportunities. After an on-farm site assessment with NRCS field staff, a conservation plan was developed and as a result, the grazing system and manure management have been improved, as well as addressing water runoff and drainage issues from barns and adjacent roads.
Possibilities: The NRCS experts available through CTA can provide a comprehensive assessment of the natural resource challenges and opportunities, as well as possible solutions to resource issues. They can then recommend sources of funding and additional expertise available from NRCS or their partners.