$72 Million in Funding for Soil Health to Help Farmers Address Climate Change
Funding For Soil Health to Help Farmers Address Climate Change
As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, resilient agriculture systems (for example through improved soil health) are critical to maintaining economic, ecological, and community health. In the face of such uncertainty, we must prioritize the establishment of food production systems that are diverse and flexible enough to deal with a changing climate.
On May 12, 2016, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the targeted allocation of $72.3 million for conservation practices to help farmers address climate change , through soil health and carbon storage. The funding will be delivered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) during the current fiscal year, and will support conservation practices that advance the agency’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture. The new funding represents dollars carried forward from the previous fiscal year.