The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced $10 million has been earmarked to support climate-smart agriculture and forestry through voluntary conservation practices in 10 states, including Florida and Georgia. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Deputy Chief of Programs, Jimmy Bramblett, says this pilot program is associated with a NRCS program many producers may already be familiar with, EQIP.
Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), ag producers can plan and implement voluntary conservation practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change on working lands.
Visit the NRCS EQIP webpage for a list of the specific climate-smart conservation practices. Or, producers and landowners in Florida and Georgia interested are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center.