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USDA California Conservation Cooperative Agreements – Due 04/03/24

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USDA NRCS California – Conservation Cooperative Agreements



Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)


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This Notice of Funding Opportunity from the United States Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service seeks applications for cooperative agreements totaling an estimated $1,000,000 to support projects in California addressing objectives under the Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Priorities include delivering conservation education to tribal communities, increasing technical assistance to underserved producers, expanding engineering support, and adopting higher conservation standards.

California NRCS seeks to leverage the ability to directly serve farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards with natural resource concerns. California engages with a full spectrum of producers and partners to address agricultural resource concerns including Tribes, Historically Underserved, Urban, and other community conservation efforts. We are continuously working to expand our conservation footprint in all communities in California and will prioritize new partnership opportunities.

The goals and objectives of this program are:

  • Use climate-smart management and sound science to enhance the health and productivity of agricultural lands.

  • Lead efforts to adapt to the consequences of climate change in agriculture and forestry.

  • Restore, protect, and conserve watersheds to ensure clean, abundant, and continuous provision of water resources.

  • Increase carbon sequestration, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and economic opportunities (and develop low-carbon energy solutions).

  • Protect agricultural health by minimizing major diseases, pests, and wildlife conflicts.

  • Build resilient food systems, infrastructure, and supply chain.

  • Increase food security through assistance and access to nutritious and affordable food

  • Increase capacity, sustainability, and economic vitality in rural and tribal communities.

  • Promote environmental justice by maximizing sustainable and green economic development in rural and tribal communities.

  • Foster a culture of civil rights, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, transparency, and accountability.

  • Establish a customer-centric, inclusive, high-performing workforce that is representative of America and the communities we serve.



  • State and Local Governmental Entities

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

  • Native American tribal organizations

  • Private institutions of higher education

  • Independent School Districts

  • Nonprofit Organizations


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Applications Due April 03, 2024



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