USDA launches first phase of soil carbon monitoring efforts through CRP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program acres to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, ranchers and foresters. This initiative will […]

USDA announces plan to integrate climate adaptation Into its missions and programs

WASHINGTON — Today, Oct. 7, as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to confronting the climate crisis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its climate adaptation and resilience plan (PDF, 813 KB) describing how USDA will prepare for current and future impacts of climate change. The plan is part of USDA’s response to Executive Order […]

USDA investing $75M in partner-led projects with focus on climate-smart ag, equity in program delivery

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. This year, projects funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Alternative Funding Arrangements focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation priorities as well as improving access for historically underserved […]

USDA announces $3B investment in ag, animal health, and nutrition; unveils new climate partnership initiative

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today, Sept. 29, announced a comprehensive set of investments to address challenges facing America’s agricultural producers. These include assistance to address challenges and costs associated with drought, animal health, market disruptions for agricultural commodities, and school food supply chain issues. Secretary Vilsack also outlined and requested public comments on […]

USDA accepts 2.8 million acres for the CRP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program in 2021. This year, almost 1.9 million acres in offers have been accepted through the General CRP Signup, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency has accepted over 897,000 acres […]

Cut-off date extended for NRCS conservation assistance for drought stricken producers in Colorado

Clint Evans, State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado announced that Colorado producers impacted by drought will now have until Wednesday, July 21, 2021 to apply for conservation assistance. The NRCS in Colorado received $9 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Incentive Contracts funding to help farmers, ranchers and forest owners […]

USDA to invest $41.8M in conservation assistance for producers in drought-impacted states

DENVER, CO – In response to historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $41.8 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help agricultural producers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon alleviate the immediate impacts of drought and other natural resource challenges on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will make […]

USDA announces dates for CRP General and Grasslands signups

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set a July 23, 2021, deadline for agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program General signup 56. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to Aug. 20. This year, USDA updated both signup options to provide […]

USDA announces new initiative to quantify climate benefits of CRP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency today, May 25, announced an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of Conservation Reserve Program contracts. This multi-year effort will enable USDA to better target CRP toward climate outcomes and improve existing models and conservation planning tools while supporting USDA’s goal of putting American agriculture […]