The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California is reaching out to conservation organizations to submit proposals for cooperative agreements that focus on climate-smart agriculture.

“Cooperative agreements with partners are an important tool that helps us get more conservation on the ground,” said NRCS State Conservationist Carlos Suarez.

The NRCS funding for the agreements starts at $25,000 and ranges up to $75,000, with a total spending budget of $1 million set aside. The agency has six target resource areas for climate resilience: plant productivity and forest health, air quality, water quality, water quantity, soil health and quality, and wildlife habitat. NRCS is also looking for projects offering direct technical assistance and will prioritize tribes, urban partners and underserved sectors.

The deadline for applications is June 1.

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