WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and investing in partnerships for conservation technical assistance for farmers who are new to farming, low income, socially disadvantaged or military veterans.
“Farmers know first-hand the seriousness of changes in our weather and climate and want to part of the solution. More conservation options and stronger technical assistance means more farmers – including those new to conservation or USDA resources – can find what works for their land and operations,” said Senator Stabenow. “I’m encouraged that the USDA is streamlining these programs and expanding opportunities for climate-smart agriculture. I look forward to making further improvements in the next farm bill.”