Cosby Provides Details On RCPP Funding

The latest round of USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding awards covers 85 projects for about $330 million dollars for fiscal year 2021. NRCS Acting Chief, Terry Cosby, said with this latest group of RCPP projects the end total, 336 such projects are in place throughout the country. “They are supported by over 2000 partners […]

Vilsack Rolls Out New Climate Change Efforts

Last week, USDA head Tom Vilsack made a trio of announcements when it comes to Ag’s role in addressing Climate Change. “We recently announced the expansion of our CRP program, our Conservation Reserve Program. Looking forward to adding 4 million acres to the program. This 4 million acres will allow us to essentially store 3.6 […]

USDA Rolls Out $500M For Rural Infrastructure

During Earth Day last week, USDA’s Undersecretary for Rural Development, Justin Maxon, announced nearly $500 million in rural infrastructure investments. “Glad to be celebrating with an announcement of almost $500 million dollars of critical investment in water and sewer infrastructure helping more than 45 states.” Most of the investments, Maxon noted, will go to modernize […]

Agriculture Concerned About Biden’s 30X30 Proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is one of many ag groups calling on the Biden Administration to act responsibly when it comes to conservation. Biden’s goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” is raising many questions. April Clayton with the Washington Farm Bureau said while […]

USDA Promotes Conservation, On-Farm Trials

Climate-smart agricultural and soils health practices are the focus areas for the latest round of USDA Conservation Innovation Grant on-farm trials. “This year we’ll have $25 million dollars dedicated to CIG on-farm trials. There is a sub-component of that called soil health demonstration. About $10 million dollars will be dedicated to the soil health demonstration […]

Hanselman: Dairy Is Tough To Live Without

The National Milk Producers Federation is going on the offensive, telling the American people how important dairy is to their diets and everyday lives. The NMPF’s Miquela Hanselman said the argument that dairy isn’t important to human diets would be laughable if it were not so dangerous. Hanselman said several studies have linked dairy consumption […]

Newhouse Introduces Bill Focused Conservation

Last week, Representative Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Western Caucus, introduced the Conservation and Innovative Climate Partnership Act of 2021. Newhouse says H.R. 2613 will allocate funding for land-grant institutions to partner with local farmers to boost conservation and innovative climate practices. Newhouse noted farmers are already responsible stewards of the land, and this legislation […]

Vilsack Calls On Congress To Make Conservation Efforts Profitable For Farmers

More often than not, farmers are excellent stewards of the land; many will call themselves the “original conservationists”. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently said American farmers could play an even bigger role in improving the overall health of the environment, but there’s a major road block for them. “We have 45 different practices that we […]

USDA Extends Comment for Proposed Revisions to Conservation Practice Standards

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently extended the deadline for public comment on proposed revisions to 23 national conservation practice standards. The proposed revisions were published March 9 in the Federal Register with comments originally due April 8. Comments will now be due April 22. NRCS is encouraging agricultural producers, landowners, organizations, Tribes and […]