The Department of Agriculture reminded farmers and ranchers this week the agency is seeking applications for projects that will improve outreach to underserved producers.
Specifically, USDA wants to improve outreach about conservation programs and services and opportunities for students to pursue careers in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering up to $70 million in cooperative agreements with entities for two-year projects encouraging participation in NRCS programs, especially in underserved communities and urban and small-scale producers.
NRCS Chief Terry Cosby says, “The projects funded through this opportunity will better ensure these producers receive the benefits our conservation programs deliver.” The funding opportunity builds on NRCS’ fiscal year 2022 investment of $50 million in more than 100 partnerships to expand access to conservation assistance for climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The application deadline is April 27. Applications information and guidance is available online at grants.gov.