climate-smart agriculture

USDA Offers Expanded Conservation Program Opportunities to Support Climate-Smart Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2023

Dan Alabama, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama is announcing an expanded opportunity for climate-smart agriculture in 2023. Updates include statewide availability of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Incentive Contracts. These improvements to NRCS’ working lands conservation programs, combined with continued program opportunities in Alabama, are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader effort to support climate-smart agriculture. “Climate change is happening, …

NRCS Programs

NRCS Programs Underway in New Fiscal Year

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA-NRCS

Efforts to streamline and build upon USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and services were a part of the preparations for the new fiscal year that started October First. NRCS Chief Terry Cosby says this was helped by funding through the inflation reduction act. He wants to remind producers and landowners about the conservation technical assistance that NRCS provides. Cosby notes how …

climate-smart agriculture

EQIP Signup Continues in Alabama

Dan Alabama, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama recently announced signup is underway for Fiscal Year 2023 Farm Bill Easement and Financial Assistance Programs. This includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts. EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface …


USDA NRCS in Georgia Offers Conservation Funding Opportunities

Dan Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), Conservation, Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environment, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Georgia, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia has several assistance opportunities for agricultural producers and private landowners for key programs. This includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Through these conservation programs, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers and landowners make conservation improvements on their land that benefit natural …


NCBA Accepting ESP Nominations

Dan Cattle, Environment, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is now accepting for the 2023 Environmental Stewardship Award (ESP). The yearly award recognizes outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers. “Cattle producers are actively working to protect and improve the environment because they know environmental stewardship and good business go together,” says NCBA President Don Schiefelbein. Any group, individual, or organization is eligible to …

Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Winners Announced by FDACS

Dan Environment, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)

(FDACS/Tallahassee, FL/Oct. 25, 2022) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. The program, created in 1994, highlights environmentally innovative farming practices across different parts of Florida’s agricultural industry. This year’s winners will be honored at the Commissioner’s Breakfast on Friday, October 28th, during …

New Zealand

New Zealand Plans to Tax Cow Methane

Dan Cattle, Economy, Environment, Greenhouse Gas, This Land of Ours

New Zealand is the Latest Country to Tax Cow Burps. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. New Zealand farmers recently gathered in towns and cities across the country to protest against the government’s plan to tax “agricultural emissions.” Reuters says the government confirmed plans to price agricultural gases and biogenic methane, which it says come from cow and …


Farmers, Ag Organizations Against EPA Proposal

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Field Crops, Regulation, Specialty Crops, Sugar, USDA-EPA, Vegetables

More than 16,000 farmers and agricultural organizations recently united against EPA’s proposed revision to its 2020 atrazine registration review decision. The farmers and agricultural organizations representing corn, citrus, grain sorghum, sugar cane, and other crops, submitted comments calling for the agency to base decisions on credible scientific evidence. Efforts to help farmers speak out against the proposal were coordinated by …

Emergency Watershed Protection

Florida NRCS Helping Communities through EWP

Dan Conservation, Economy, Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, Environment, Irrigation, USDA-NRCS, Water

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to pass along information about the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. After a natural disaster like Hurricane Ian, through EWP NRCS offers help to alleviate hazards to life and property. Florida NRCS State Conservationist, Juan C. Hernandez, explains who this program is designed for. Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must …


Sign-Up Underway for RCPP Projects in Georgia

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

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia, along with partner groups, is conducting a sign-up for four regionally-focused conservation projects funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This includes Project ID# 1960 – The Red Hills to the Coast, Connecting Land. This state project was developed in conjunction with Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. The …