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Climate change threatens agricultural production, forest resources and rural economies. NRCS offers a variety of programs, services, resources and tools to help farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and partners pursue voluntary conservation efforts to deliver climate solutions across the nation’s working lands. Learn more about NRCS Climate-Smart Mitigation Activities, voluntary conservation practices and enhancements that can support climate change mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or increasing carbon sequestration.

Conservation Programs and Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry

NRCS offers financial assistance and one-on-one technical support through voluntary conservation programs. Several NRCS conservation programs directly support climate-smart agriculture and forestry, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Easement Programs and Conservation Technical Assistance.

Visit farmers.gov/climate-smart to learn how each program supports climate-smart agriculture and forestry. State-specific application ranking dates for NRCS programs are available on the NRCS Program Application Ranking Dates webpage.

Producers and landowners should contact the NRCS office at their local USDA Service Center for additional information and one-on-one technical support specific to their working land. USDA Service Centers are in nearly every county across the United States.

If you’re new to working with NRCS, the Conservation at Work Video Series provide examples of conservation practices that may work well for your operation, including options that contribute to climate change mitigation.

 

Resources, Tools and Data


USDA offers resources, tools and data to support producers, land managers, partners and rural communities in making informed, science-based decisions to support climate change mitigation and build climate resilience. Those delivered by or in partnership with NRCS include:

USDA Climate Hubs

National Water and Climate Center

COMET-Planner Tool

COMET-Farm Tool

Conservation at Work Video Series

Conservation Concerns Tool

 

More Information

Visit farmers.gov/climate-smart for details on each of the tools above, along with additional resources and tools available across USDA to deliver climate benefits.