WAIC curates research-based scientific materials and tools describing the relationship between agricultural management systems and natural resource quality and quantity in support of the USDA’s commitment to protecting the nation’s water resources.
Funding Opportunity Announcements
(Review "Water and Agriculture" section of Agricultural Funding Resources by Topic for additional resources.)
- Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) - Applications due November 23, 2023 (11:59PM ET)
Program awards grants to help eligible, domestically-owned, meat processors expand their processing capacity.
- Forest Landowner Support Program (Track B) - Rolling applications reviewed quarterly, final deadline August 21, 2024.
USDA Forest Service program designed to assist underserved forest landowners in emerging markets to mitigate climate effects and/or improve resiliency. Details on webinars and office hours included.
- Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
ACEP is a voluntary program that helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands or protect working farms and ranches through conservation easements.
Pollinator Niches and Agricultural Landscapes (9/2023)
Coevolution between animals and plants has resulted in pollination niches where certain flowers and fauna can only be fertilized by a subset of pollinators. Agricultural Environment Management (AEM) helps to minimize impacts of production agriculture on our natural resources.
Tools and Reports
Data Visualizations [usda.gov]
A selection of interactive data visualization charts that map topics of importance including U.S. Agricultural Baseline Projections, Annual Value of State Exports, Commodity Costs and Returns, U.S. Agricultural Exports and Imports (by commodity), and more.
Increasing the Value of Animal Manure for Farmers [usda.gov]
Report of study describes existing and emerging technologies designed to increase value potential of animal manures or reduce manure management costs.
Policy Instruments for Protecting Environmental Quality [usda.gov]
Selected programs and policies for addressing environmental effects of agriculture. Includes educational/vocational, labeling, incentive programs, and more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) have authorized policy flexibilities for key disaster assistance programs and crop insurance to aid Northeast agricultural operations that have been significantly impacted by recent flooding in 2023.
USDA To Provide Additional Financial Assistance to Qualifying Guaranteed Farm Loan Borrowers Facing Financial Risk
The USDA will begin providing qualifying guaranteed Farm Loan Program (FLP) borrowers experiencing financial risk with additional, automatic financial assistance.
The report is the fourth in a series of economic briefs on key topics related to irrigation organizations using data collected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Survey of Irrigation Organizations.
The USDA LTAR research network is designed to sustain crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems.
The USDA Climate Hubs link USDA research and program agencies in their regional delivery of timely and authoritative tools and information to agricultural producers and professionals.
USDA's CEAP is a multi-agency effort led by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to quantify the effects of conservation practices and programs on agricultural land.
The Water Quality Information Center (WQIC) was established in 1990 in support of the USDA’s dedication to protecting the Nation’s water from contamination by agricultural chemicals and waste. The Center’s name was subsequently changed (2016) to reflect the inclusion of related conservation topics augmenting mitigation practices.
WAIC serves a variety of water-resource professionals, including scientists, policy makers, economists, engineers, and growers. The Center collaborates regularly with other federal agencies and organizations pursuing similar interests.
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