CHAMPAIGN, IL – In an unprecedented move to combat climate change, the Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing a whopping $3 billion for the promotion of climate-smart practices across American agricultural lands.
This allocation, marking the highest ever for conservation aid in fiscal year 2024, is a key component of the Investing in America agenda.
This initiative is part of the larger Inflation Reduction Act, which injects an additional $19.5 billion into the USDA’s conservation endeavors.
It aligns with the President’s Justice40 Initiative, emphasizing support for marginalized communities burdened by pollution and underspending. Following an overwhelming response in fiscal year 2023, the USDA is now inviting applications for the upcoming year.
“This funding will be used to meet producer demand for our oversubscribed programs and maximize climate benefits across the country while also providing other important environmental benefits,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Ultimately, this will lead to economic opportunity for producers, more productive soil, cleaner water and air, healthier wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation for future generations.”
Applications for this landmark conservation aid are now open for fiscal year 2024. Interested farmers and ranchers are encouraged to seize this opportunity and pave the way for a climate-resilient America.
For more information or to apply, reach out to the NRCS at your local USDA Service Center or visit usda.gov.