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Technical Assistance and Education

Mission Resource Conservation District

The District provides free technical assistance to property owners and managers to help with the management and conservation of natural resources. Free technical assistance includes conservation planningagricultural irrigation system evaluations, and residential irrigation evaluations.

The District also hosts workshops throughout the year that cover residential and agricultural related issues.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides free conservation technical assistance to private landowners and organizations. The Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA) is available to all groups or individuals interested in conserving natural resources and sustaining agricultural production. CTA aids landowners in addressing opportunities and concerns related to natural resources on their land. Assistance may be in the form of resource assessment, practice design, resource monitoring or follow-up of installed practices.

For more information on CTA, visit the Conservation Technical Assistance webpage or contact your local USDA Service Center.

The USDA Service Center serving San Diego County residents is the Escondido Service Center located at:

900 Canterbury Place, Suite 320
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 745-2061
Fax: (760) 745-3210

Other local service centers 

University of California Cooperative Extension

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has 64 offices across the state that focus on providing solutions to common agricultural and natural resources issues. Campus-based specialists and County-based advisors work to bring unbiased, science-based answers to a wide range of issues affecting California, including pest management, wildfire prevention, invasive species management, and irrigation efficiency, to name a few.

The UCCE San Diego County Farm and Home Advisor’s Office provides a plethora of free resources for agricultural producers. Information on agricultural water quality, specialty crops, integrated pest management, and small farms is available via the UCCE website.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Farm and Home Advisor’s Office at:

9335 Hazard Way
Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 822-7711
Fax: (858) 822-7667

 UCCE Continuing Education and Ag Waiver Tools

The Agricultural Water Quality Continuing Education Course, or “Water School,” is administered by the UCCE and is specifically designed for growers within the boundaries of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 9). The course is designed to help growers meet the requirements of the Agriculture Waiver/Order.

UCCE has developed an iPad Self Assessment Application to aid agricultural producers in assessing growing practices and their potential impact on water quality. This self assessment tool provides suggestions for Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help improve water quality conditions.

Information on the continuing education courses, the iPad Self Assessment Application and the calendar for upcoming Water Schools in the area can be found on UCCE’s Continuing Education webpage.