$138M for Farm and ranch land conservation

Mar 14, 2024

By Farms.com

Embracing Administrative climate-forward agenda, the USDA has earmarked $138 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to enhance the nation's agricultural landscape. This funding will establish 138 climate-smart conservation easements, a crucial step toward environmental sustainability and agricultural resilience.

Focusing on wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmlands, these easements are integral to the USDA's mission to combat climate change through agriculture. By prioritizing lands at high risk of conversion and those with significant carbon sequestration potential, the USDA aims to foster a more sustainable and climate-resilient agricultural sector.

The initiative not only addresses climate change but also supports the broader goals of the America the Beautiful campaign, which promotes voluntary conservation efforts across the country. By streamlining the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), the USDA is making it easier for producers to participate and protect their lands for future generations.

Collaborations with organizations like Ducks Unlimited, which has added easement acquisition specialists, highlight the USDA's dedication to expanding its conservation efforts. This approach underscores the importance of partnerships in achieving large-scale environmental goals.

This significant investment demonstrates a proactive approach to preserving the agricultural heritage and natural resources of the United States. By integrating climate-smart practices into the heart of agricultural conservation, the USDA is paving the way for a sustainable future that benefits both the environment and the agricultural community.