Signup Deadline Nearing for Conservation and Climate-Smart Ag Proposals

Dan Conservation, Environment, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

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Here is a reminder from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the deadline it will accept project proposals through their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is July 2, 2024. These proposals will help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners adopt and expand conservation strategies to enhance natural resources while tackling the climate crisis. 

There are two separate funding opportunities, RCPP Classic and RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA). RCPP Classic projects are implemented using NRCS contracts and easements with producers, landowners and communities in collaboration with project partners. Through RCPP AFA, the lead partner works directly with agricultural producers to support the development of innovative conservation approaches that would not otherwise be available under RCPP Classic. NRCS will set aside $100 million for Tribal-led projects to be used between both funding opportunities. 

Project proposals are being accepted through the RCPP portal. Details on the RCPP Classic and RCPP AFA funding opportunities are available at