USDA is investing up to $70 million in cooperative agreements to support outreach to underserved producers and communities about opportunities with NRCS for natural resource conservation, climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The Fiscal Year 2023 Equity in Conservation Outreach Cooperative Agreements will expand outreach for the delivery of conservation assistance to underserved producers and communities and provide opportunities for students to pursue careers in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. Agreements are for two- and three-year projects that extend outreach to farmers who are beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veterans.
The purpose of 2023 Equity in Conservation Outreach Cooperative Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to develop locally led conservation projects that help overcome barriers and offer opportunities for underserved producers and communities to learn about and access NRCS programs, services, and careers.
Through a Notice of Funding Opportunity, eligible applicants were invited to propose projects that engage underserved farmers and ranchers and their communities, and offer opportunities for these producers and communities through outreach activities.