Conservation Technical Assistance
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) continues to be the primary
function of NRCS in Maryland. NRCS employees provide advice,
recommendations, planning and conservation application assistance
to farmers, local governments and individual homeowners.
Agricultural producers particularly rely on NRCS to help them apply
conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality,
and enhance forest land, wetlands, grazing lands and wildlife habitat.
NRCS has partnered with several local, state and non-profit
organizations to address common goals and to multiply conservation
efforts. Our primary partners are Soil Conservation Districts (SCD)
whom we assisted, through our Conservation Technical Assistance
Program, to deliver more than $20 million of direct technical and
financial assistance to Maryland agricultural producers. NRCS
provides direct staff support to all 24 SCDs in the state and cooperates
in a variety of activities with the Maryland Departments of Agriculture
and Natural Resources.
Ultimately, every person who drinks water and eats food benefits from
the work we do. Benefits extend beyond the agricultural landscape.
Our work also benefits rural communities. Studies have shown that
every dollar NRCS invests in technical and financial assistance to
improve our natural resources triggers a $4.89 stimulus for rural
economies and the citizens of Maryland.
Update on NRCS Maryland
NRCS Conservation Programs in Maryland
NRCS Maryland and Soil
responded to more than
29,000 requests for
Services and Information
NRCS Maryland employees,
working with partners at
USDA Service Centers,
provided information and
technical assistance to
29,204 farmers and urban
landowners in FY2002.
Helping people make wise
land-use decisions about
natural resources is the
primary function and strength
of NRCS. Unfortunately,
requests for Conservation