The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants landowners to know that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) continued its conservation work across the country amid an ongoing pandemic and numerous natural disasters. During that time, they helped agricultural producers and forest landowners, including urban and underserved producers, implement conservation practices on their working lands. These efforts by NRCS helped conserve natural resources such as soil, water and wildlife while delivering climate solutions and boosting producers’ bottom lines.
“NRCS provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to address their unique conservation concerns and improve their operations,” said NRCS Chief Terry Cosby. “Many of our investments this year focused on ensuring greater access to our programs for underserved and urban producers, and on climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategies to help mitigate climate change and build on-farm resilience.”
During the past two years, NRCS did provide targeted funding for climate-smart agriculture and forestry conservation practices through its conservation programs and made improvements in nutrient management, all while prioritizing assistance for underserved producers and urban and innovative production.
NRCS will soon be announcing climate-smart IRA opportunities for fiscal year 2023 and will and continue to implement innovative program improvements in future years.
Visit the NRCS Priorities webpage to learn more.