USDA investing up to $360 million in partner driven conservation

The Rolla Daily News

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $360 million nationally to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agriculture viability.

“The Regional Conservation Partnership Program promotes innovative conservation delivery by partners to expand our ability to address resource concerns across Missouri,” 

Scott Edwards, Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, said in a news release Tuesday. “This is an opportunity for partners to take advantage of new program flexibilities to deliver conservation solutions.”

Partners may request between $250,000 and $10 million in Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding through the funding announcement. Partners are expected to offer value-added contributions to amplify the impact of Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding in an amount equal or greater to the NRCS investment.

Eligible lead partners are encouraged to apply. Funding is open to private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts and universities, among others.

USDA is now accepting proposals through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program portal. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 4. For more information, view the Application for Program Funding on