Conservation technical assistance (CTA) has been the central activity of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since it was established in 1936.
NRCS field staff help landowners and farm operators plan and implement soil, water conservation, and water quality practices. The basis for much of this assistance is conservation practices described in the field office technical guide. Each year, NRCS issues an accomplishments report. Examples of: accomplishments cited for FY2003 include:
*Planning and applying resource management systems on almost of cropland and grazing land;
*Helping landowners install conservation buffers on almost ;
*Creating, restoring or enhancing of wetlands;
*Helping producers apply nutrient management on .