USDA to Invest up to $225 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA announced Thursday up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The program is partner-driven and leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects that address climate change, benefit historically underserved producers and support urban agriculture.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby said, “We’re harnessing the power of partnership to create lasting solutions to global challenges, like climate change.”

Funding is open to agriculture and silviculture associations, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, conservation districts and universities, among others. USDA is accepting project proposals for the program through April 13th. Partners are expected to offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of the funding in an amount equal to or greater than the NRCS investment.

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