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Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens the Door to Available Funding

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Legislative, USDA-NRCS

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Due to the wide range of resources available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to navigate and stay up to date with program changes after each farm bill.

But, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants you to know with the newly updated “Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities”, it’s easy to find USDA programs that can help achieve your goals. The 101-page guide covers 62 government programs and has been updated to include program updates from the 2018 Farm Bill. Each program listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. The guide also includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.

The new guide is now available as a free download. Free print copies are also available from the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s ATTRA program. To order, email pubs@ncat.org with your request and include your shipping address.