USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation agencies made two announcements today that we hope are of interest and you will share with you members.
USDA Invests $50 Million in Partnerships to Improve Equity in Conservation Programs, Address Climate Change
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $50 million in 118 partnerships to expand access to conservation assistance for climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will fund two-year projects to expand the delivery of conservation assistance to farmers who are new to farming, low income, socially disadvantaged or military veterans. Projects will support USDA’s broader effort to address climate change and equitable access to programs.
More information is available here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1868022
USDA Invests $2 Million in Risk Management Education for Historically Underserved and Small-Scale Producers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $2 million in cooperative agreements this year for risk management education and training programs that support historically underserved producers, small-scale farmers, and conservation practices. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is investing in organizations, such as nonprofit organizations, universities, and county cooperative extension offices, to develop training and education tools to help producers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.
More information is available here: https://rma.usda.gov/News-Room/Press/Press-Releases/2022-News/USDA-Invests-2-Million-in-RME-for-Historically-Underserved-Small-Scale-Producers
The Notice of Funding Opportunity is here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337301
There will be two webinars for applicants:
- January 11th at 3p ET: https://z.umn.edu/RMA-Application-Webinar
- January 12th at 11a ET: https://z.umn.edu/RMA-Application-Webinar
Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you for all you do