August 7, 2022
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USDA Invests $21 Million in Effort to Help Producers Build Drought Resilience

The Department of Agriculture is investing $21 million as part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s collaboration with the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART Initiative. The effort helps farmers and ranchers conserve water and build drought resilience in their communities. The investments complement projects by irrigation districts, water suppliers and other organizations receiving WaterSMART Program funds from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. NRCS works with Reclamation to coordinate investments in the same community for accelerating water conservation and drought resilience and making a bigger impact where it is most needed. NRCS Chief Terry Cosby says, “Drought is a complex challenge, and our collaboration on WaterSMART is part of our strategic approach to help producers.” In fiscal year 2022, NRCS will invest in 15 new priority areas and 25 existing priority areas with continued need, assisting producers and communities in 13 states across the West. NRCS is providing the funding through Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

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