The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a new partnership project in Alabama designed to help mitigate climate change and protect natural resources while supporting America’s producers.
Overall, USDA will be investing $330 million in 85 locally driven, public-private partnerships nationwide. This will include the “Regenerating Alabama’s Cropland” project. All projects are awarded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The program’s goal is to address climate change, improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.
The lead partner for this project is the Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee. The funding will allow them to work with producers to improve the weather resilience of their operations by implementing a variety of conservation activities that improve and enhance water availability. The partnership includes agribusinesses and producer associations that will assist with producer outreach.
Through RCPP, conservation partners work in collaboration with NRCS to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners throughout the nation to implement systems that conserve water and soil resources, improve the health of wildlife habitats and increase climate resilience.
To learn more about RCPP and see the interactive map of awarded projects click here.