New frameworks guide conservation action on America’s working rangelands

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is unveiling new action-based frameworks to increase conservation work to address threats facing America’s working rangelands. These frameworks are designed to benefit both agriculture and wildlife in sagebrush and grassland landscapes of the western United States. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered with state-level organizations from across the […]

USDA requests information on USDA’s climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The notice represents an important step toward implementing President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The Order, signed Jan. 27, states that, “America’s farmers, ranchers, and […]

USDA invests $285M to improve national forest and grassland infrastructure

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today, March 8, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $285 million to help the Forest Service address critical deferred maintenance and improve transportation and recreation infrastructure on national forests and grasslands. This $285 million investment is made possible by the newly created National Parks and Public Land […]

USDA extends general signup for Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the Conservation Reserve Program general signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the previous administration, incentives and rental […]

New rule improves partner flexibility in Regional Conservation Partnership Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final rule for its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The rule updates USDA’s partner-driven program as directed by the 2018 farm bill and integrates feedback from agricultural producers and others. “The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a powerful program that enables us to co-invest with partners on […]