The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $50 million in 118 partnerships to expand access to conservation assistance for climate-smart agriculture and forestry in fiscal year 2022.
Fiscal Year 2022 Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements
The Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 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 support USDA’s broader effort to address climate change and equitable access to programs. Here is a list of the agreements selected for funding in fiscal year 2022, including the entity name, the state(s) where the work will be completed, and the project title.
Advocates for Urban Agriculture
Good Practices for Growing in Chicago: Improved Conservation Practices in Urban Agriculture
Building Capacity for Virginia Historically Underserved farmers to enable them to access NRCS programs.
Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Building Capacity for Climate Smart Agriculture, Conservation Leadership on Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona and beyond.
Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D
North Alabama Next Generation Agriculture: Climate Smart Agriculture Technology and Career Training for Underserved Students
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Improving food security of underserved communities in rural and urban Alaska through cold climate agriculture
Alaska Village Initiatives
Live from the agAlaska Studios
American Farmland Trust
Get Climate Smart: Food and Agricultural Systems Resilience Training
American Forest Foundation
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia
Growing the SFLR Network to Reach More Historically Underserved Landowners and Provide Climate Smart Solutions
Arkansas Land & Community Development Corp.
Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee
Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) Conservation Justice Equity and Equality Collaboration Project
Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona - Sandoval PI
Urban Ag/Beginner Farmer Program: Demonstration Farm
Black in Appalachia: Research, Education & Support
Racial Equity Outreach & Support: Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia
Black Thumb Farm
Cultivating Capacity: Improving food security, community and environmental outcomes through regenerative farming and land access
Board of Regents, Univ. of NE, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Climate‐Smart Indigenous Agriculture: Drought and Conservation Planning and Adaptation with New Mexico Pueblos
California Association of Resource Conservation District
Advancing Equity in NRCS and RCDs Across California by Meeting Needs at the District Level
California Farm Link
Equity and Conservation on Working Lands for Historically Underserved Producers in California
Catholic Charities of Louisville
Common Earth Gardens: Developing and Supporting Refugee Farmers
Center for Rural Affairs
Nebraska Conservation Fellows: representatives from historically underserved audiences as advocates for farm/ranch resource conservation
Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.
New Mexico Farmer Equity: Culturally Relevant Training and Support Program
The Central Arkansas Sphinx Foundation; A Nonprofit Corp.
Assist and mobilize socially disadvantages customers\partnerships to address food insecurity utilizing urban\small-scale agriculture
Charles Sherrod Community Development Corp.
The Climate-Smart Farm: Educating Socially Disadvantaged Farmers on Conservation, NRCS Programs, and Resilient Farming Models
Chaz J Shelton
Climate Smart Farm for the Future: Growing Diversity. Planning and implementation of conservation practices and principles to historically underserved farmers and ranchers through the introduction of climate-smart agriculture education.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Outreach to Historically Underserved Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Children Learning through Outdoor Experiences (ChLOE)
California, Missouri, Virginia
Conservation and agri culture STEM education through outdoor experiences for k 12 students, emphasizing access for underserved populations.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation Equity and Justice Conservation Outreach Project
Christopher M Wood
District of Columbia, North Carolina
The Power of Teamwork and Opportunity
Increasing adoption of agricultural practices by underserved farmers to mitigate climate change in South Carolina.
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Preparing for Smlich (Salmon) Reintroduction on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation and Tribal lands.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Cultivating Stewardship with Latinx Growers in California
Connecting Kids Inside Out
Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio
The AG Connection: Building a New Paradigm
Council for Healthy Food Systems
Promoting Conservation Programs for Beginning & Military Veteran Farmers in Texas
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Climate Smart Technical Training and Outreach for Underserved Producers in Grazing Dairy Production
Daryl A. Orage
Soil Stewards: Helping Small Family Farmers Implement Soil Conservation Practices across Generations
Dream Green Conservation, LLC
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN THE 21st CENTURY (THE AFTERMATH OF COVID-19)
Economic Development Greater East (EDGE) Incorporated
Demonstrate, Educate, Invigorate and Replicate Mountain Farming and Conservation in Historically Underserved Communities
The Farm Research Cooperative
Equity in Soil: Color of Food: Agricultural Justice
Farm Training Collective NYC INC d.b.a. Farm School NYC
Seeding Sovereignty & Climate Resilience for BIPOC & LGBTQI+ New & Beginning Farmers
First Nations Development Institute
Advancing Indigenous Ecological Stewardship through Partnership
Florida A&M University
Alabama, Florida, Georgia
Racial Equity and Justice to Enhance Conservation Efforts in FL, South AL, and South GA
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Food Sovereignty on Tribal Lands: Indigenous Markets, Producer Training, and Building Intertribal Food Networks
Outreach to Historically Underserved Farmers in New Jersey to Improve Racial Equity and Combat Climate Change through Climate Smart Agriculture Practices on Preserved Land
Friends of Zenger Farm
Mentoring Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers on Climate-Smart Agriculture, in Portland, Oregon.
Georgia Minority Outreach Network
Leading The Way to Conservation
Golden Triangle RC&D Council
Outreach and Technical Assistance to Address Natural Resource Concerns for Historically Underserved Producers
GreenSky Gives Inc.
Restoring and Sustaining Racial Equity in Agriculture: A Multi-State Proposal
Halo Hands Foundation, Inc.
Community Grows: Cultivating Sustainable Farming, Food Security and Healthy Outcomes in Underserved Communities
Hernan Cavazos Garcia, Solidarity Farm
Cultivating a Climate and Crisis Resilient Foodshed for San Diego’s BIPoC Farmers
He Ali.i ka .Aina - Expanding Farm Bill Program Participation by Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders
Holmes County Food Hub
Building and strengthening local food projects that provide sustainable healthy food production and economic opportunities
In Touch Community Services Inc.
Lifting Youth and Farmers Together (LYFT)
Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Oklahoma, South Dakota
Assessment of Grazing Management Effects on Carbon Sequestration and other Soil Parameters for Additionally
Indian Nations Conservation Alliance
Building Capacity for Indigenous Leaders in Conservation and Agriculture
Institute for Community Research
Young farmers and Climate Smart agriculture in Connecticut’s cities
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Embracing Culturally Relevant Outreach Techniques to Serve Socially Disadvantaged Tribal Producers
Jackson State University
Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas
HBCU Consortium To Address Food Insecurities
Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina
Strengthen Historically Underserved Communities Through Healthy Food Production systems Utilizing the Seasonal High Tunnel System
Provide training to underserved youth in urban communities in field of agriculture, diet, health, and the environment.
The KKAC Organization
Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina
Equity in Conservation Programs for Socially Disadvantaged Producers through Outreach
Soil and nutrient management for small farms and beginning farmer development in historically underserved communities.
Limestone Valley RC&D
Outreach in market gardening for NW Georgia.
Champions in Conservation and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CCCSA) “Campeones en conservación y la agricultura climáticamente inteligente”
Growing the Numbers: Strengthening Historically Underserved Farms through Conservation, Marketing, New Markets, Products and Collaboration
Louis E. James
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee
Six-State Climate Smart Agriculture Outreach and Technical Assistance
Michigan Food and Farming Systems
Great Lakes Technical Assistance Navigators Pilot Program for Climate Resiliency in Historically Underserved Communities
Mill City Grows
Merrimack Valley Growers Aid (MVGA)
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Local and Regional Solutions: Working with a System-Based and Intersectional Approach to Conservation Practices
Morehouse Parish Black Farmers & Landowner Assoc.
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
Leveling the Playing Field: Conserving the Ark-LA-Miss Delta's Natural Resources
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association
District of Columbia, New Mexico
Project AGUA: AGUA is the acronym representing the project as “Agricultural Gains Upskill All”
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire
Investing in Underserved Farmers to Regenerate Their Farms’ Ecologies
National Women in Agriculture
A Cornucopia of Sustainably Produced Food at the Climate Change Table
New York Restoration Project
Urban Grower-to-Grower Exchange Program
North Carolina A&T State University - Dr Chyi-Lyi-Liang
Generating Racial equity and justice by Empowering and ENgaging Underserved farmers to adopt conservation Practices (GREEN UP) FUNDING
North Jersey RC&D Area, Inc.
New Jersey Regenerative Farming Network: A Community Conservation Support Network to Broaden Climate-Smart Practice Implementation
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
Towards Equity and Justice for Ohio’s Historically Underserved Farmers: Conservation Outreach, Education, and Technical Assistance
Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc.
Empowering and Preparing Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers for Climate Resiliency
Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success
North Carolina, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Conservation Outreach for Climate-Smart Farming among Historically Underserved Farmers in New England
Pecan Street Inc.
California, Colorado, New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Texas
Improving racial equality and inclusivity in access to NRCS resources and adoption of climate-smart agriculture
Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust Inc.
Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Outreach and Technical Assistance for Veteran and Limited Resource Farmers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust
Middle Rio Grande Equitable Conservation Program
Rolling Hills Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
NRCS Education and Community Outreach Program
Roots Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program for Low-Income and Formerly Justice Involved
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
Alabama, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, South Carolina
Conservation Resources for Resilient Farms
California, Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Texas
Effective Partnerships to Catalyze Resilient Operations for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
Sand County Foundation
Amplifying the Reach and Impact of the Land Ethic Mentorship for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
SDFR Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University
Advancing the Success of SDFR in MS by addressing state leadership and natural resource issues
Shinnecock Indian Nation Environmental Department
Shinnecock’s Climate Smart Agriculture Demonstration Farm Site to Encourage Underserved Growers in the Long Island Communities.
Soil & Water Conservation Society
A Conservation Professionals’ Guide to Diversity, Equitable and Inclusive Conservation Delivery Among the Historically Underserved
South Texas Advancement Resource
2022-2024 South Texas Advancement Resource Conservation Outreach Grant Program – USDA South Texas Region
Southern Sky Center for Diverse Arts and Culture Inc.
When Bees Rule the World Pollinator Project Training and Demonstration Farm
Southwest Indian Agricultural Association, Inc.
Southwest Indian Natural Resources Conservation Outreach and Assistance Program
SR1Community Oriented Opportunities for Learning (C.O.O.L.™ ) Conservation Outreach Project
Sustaining Environments through Education and Economic Development
Pathway to Racial Equity
Texas Coalition of Rural Landowners
Building a Collaborative Partnership through Outreach and Assistance to Underserved Texas Landowners in Implementing Sustainable Conservation Practices
The 1890 Universities Foundation
District of Columbia
Preparing 1890 land-grant students for career opportunities with Federal Government by hosting Career Development Conferences
The Center for Popular Research, Education and Policy
The Wind River Food Sovereignty Project: Advancing Equality for Native Food Producers
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas
Facilitating Racial Equity and Justice Conservation for Historically Underserved Southern Ranchers and Forest Landowners
The Food Group
Enhancing Conservation Assistance for Minnesota BIPOC Farmers through Partnerships and Hands-on Learning
The Kohala Center, Inc.
Ohaha Mahi‘ai: Conservation Agriculture Education and Outreach in Hamakua and Kohala on Hawai‘i Island
The Learning Center at the Euchee Butterfly Farm Inc.
Food Initiative for Tribes: Assisting Native Americans in Implementing Climate Smart Agriculture and Improving Conservation
The Piney Woods School
The Piney Woods School Demonstration Farm
Third Sector New England, Inc.
Expanding Equity and Conservation for Refugee Beginning Farmers
How do You Measure Community and Personal Wealth?
Permaculture and Soil Education Outreach
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian (TMBCI) Agriculture Department
Buffalo Hemp Model for improving the environmental and economic performance of working lands in Indian Country
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi
Establishing a Climate Smart/Regenerative Agricultural Hub for Sustaining Underserved Farms in the Southeast
Tyonek Tribal Conservation District
Participatory Conservation through Subsistence Agriculture in the Tyonek Tribal Conservation District
Uncle Jerry's Farms, Inc.
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
Outreach to historically underserved farmers and ranchers to provide access to information via drone technology to increase economic yield, adapt to changing weather patterns, and enroll additional participation in NRCS programs.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Outreach Training Program
Regents of the University of Minnesota - GLBW
Equipping next generation professionals to support historically underserved farmers and ranchers in implementing conservation practices
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Conservation, Community, and Equity in Food and Agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley (CEFAIR)
Urban Transformation Network
Chicagoland Collaborative Project for the Improvement of Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices
Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden
Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden Agricultural Conservation and Farmers Market Cooperative
Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation
Konohiki: Growing And Empowering 21st Century Ahupuaʻa Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) & Food Systems Leaders
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency
Farm Conservation Outreach in West Central Missouri
West Virginia National Guard Foundation
Increasing On-Farm Conservation Practices for Veterans and Beginning Farmers in West Virginia
Winston County Self Help Cooperative
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Stronger Together: Assisting Historically Undeserved Farmers & Ranchers Implement Natural Resources Conservation Practices Across the Rural Southern Black Belt
Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council
Supporting Conservation Practices and Local Agriculture in Tribal Communities in Wisconsin
Foundation for Community Impact & Health Equity
Elevating South Carolina Agricultural Practices and Education (ESCAPE)
World Farmers, Inc.
Planning and Implementing Key Conservation Strategies among Immigrant and Refugee Farmers in Massachusetts
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Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
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