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 […]

USDA expands and renews CRP in effort to boost enrollment and address climate change

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today, April 21, that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more targeted focus on the program’s role in climate change mitigation. Additionally, USDA is announcing investments in partnerships to increase climate-smart agriculture, including $330 million in 85 […]

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 […]