Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of a historic $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2024 to invest in partner-driven conservation and climate solutions through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting project proposals now through July 2, 2024, that will help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners adopt and expand conservation strategies to enhance natural resources while tackling the climate crisis. These projects can save farmers money, create new revenue streams, and increase productivity.

This investment is made available through the Farm Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate investment in history. This legislation has enabled the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to boost funding for RCPP. Additionally, NRCS is announcing progress on its effort to streamline and simplify RCPP and improve processes and implementation.

Read more about funding for conservation and climate-smart agriculture here.