The USDA Is Using Regional Partnerships To Promote Conservation

The latest round of USDA’s Regional Conservation Partner Project award has been announced. According to Chief Matthew Lohr, the agency overseeing the RCPP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, “The USDA is investing $206 dollars funding 48 projects across 29 states.” And within the partnership component of RCPP. “There’s an additional $300 million dollars in the […]

USDA Seeks Oregon Soil Health Projects

The USDA’s NRCS is currently accepting proposals for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials in Oregon. Now in its second year, the program looks to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on farm land across the state. NRCS will invest up to $25 million on On-Farm Trials in 2020. This total includes up […]

USDA Taking Comments On EQIP Updates Through February

The public comment period is underway for the interim final rule of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program; comments will be accepted through February 18th.  EQIP has been updated for the 2018 Farm Bill, hence the need for public comment.   The question remains: What should producers and landowners expect the next deadline for EQIP applications? […]

USDA Seeks Input on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, known as ACEP. The rule is considered USDA’s premier conservation easement program, helping landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands.  The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect on publication and includes […]

USDA Funds Conservation Innovation Across The Country

On Tuesday, the USDA announced $12.5 million in Conservation Innovation Grants.  The effort supports development of innovative systems and technologies for private lands conservation.   The funding is provided through the Conservation Innovation Grants program, which “funds the future of agriculture and conservation” through grants to organizations and universities that are developing the next generation […]