June 18, 2020

USDA Mentoring Program Couples Experienced Producers with New NCRS Employees

In an effort to grow critical relationships with the producers while also advancing employee knowledge of production agriculture, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is urging farmers, ranchers, and foresters to join the Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program (CAMP).

CAMP matches skilled and experienced producers with an NRCS field employee. Once matched with a producer mentor, the employee will go out on the land with them 6-12 times per year for a period of 12-18 months – always during agreed upon times that are convenient for the producer.

Producer mentors provide a safe, low-risk learning environment for employees to advance their knowledge of:

  • Common agricultural practices, equipment, inputs and other topics.
  • The types of daily challenges and decisions producers face.
  • Local resource problems and concerns.
  • How producers use conservation practices to address resource concerns.

For more information on the CAMP program, click here.