American Farmland Trust: $4.8 Million in NRCS Land Management and Land Rental Funding Available to Livestock Producers in New England

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WASHINGTON , October 16, 2023 (press release) –

NRCS, in partnership with American Farmland Trust , will be accepting applications for financial assistance for Land Management and Land Rental activities through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

This funding is part of the Western New England Regenerative Agriculture RCPP project, focused on increasing the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices in Western New England livestock farms through technical and financial assistance opportunities. These funds will assist livestock producers in implementing conservation practices to improve soil health or protect water quality. Examples of eligible projects include prescribed grazing, pasture and hay planting, cover crop planting, pollinator habitats, and more.

Livestock producers in the following areas are eligible:

Vermont : Essex , Caledonia , Orange , Windsor , Windham and Bennington Counties

New Hampshire : Cheshire , Sullivan , Grafton and Coos Counties

Massachusetts : Worcester , Hampden , Hampshire , Franklin , and Berkshire Counties

Connecticut : all counties

To apply, eligible producers should contact the project staff for assistance. Applications are accepted year-round, but the deadlines for fiscal year 2024 are:

VT: October 20th, 2023

NH: November 9th, 2023

MA: November 3rd, 2023 , January 1st, 2024 , March 8th, 2024 , and May 10th, 2024

CT: October 31st, 2023

American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms , No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.8 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.

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