The USDA is investing up to $22 million in partnerships that expand access to conservation technical assistance for livestock producers and increase the use of conservation practices on grazing land. This effort is being coordinated through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), which is open for proposal submissions until May 26, 2024.

NCRS Chief Terry Cosby explains privately owned grazing lands cover nearly 30 percent of the national landscape. This presents a tremendous opportunity to conserve natural resources through voluntary, private lands conservation. NRCS enlists a wide variety of conservation practices to help livestock producers.

Project proposals for GLCI Cooperative Agreements will identify and address barriers to accessing grazing assistance for producers. Projects must address one or more of several priorities, including local natural resource concerns, climate-smart ag and forestry practices, and others. Interested parties are encouraged to visit for more detailed information and submission guidelines.

Read more on the USDA seeking more grazing land conservation here.