Agricultural Program Announcements

NRCS COMET-FARM

The COMET-Farm™ tool enables farmers and ranchers to estimate carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions related to annual crop production, livestock and on-farm energy use. It provides a convenient yet rigorous way to evaluate the benefits of various conservation practices in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A short video that gives an introduction to the COMET-Farm™ tool is here.

USDA Microloans available for Conservation Projects

The USDA has launched a new microloan program administered through the Farm Service Agency Operating Loan Program. Small and family farms, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers may secure loans up to a maximum of $35,000 for initial start-up and annual expenses that include irrigation needs and other farm improvement projects. Producers interested in applying for a microloan may contact their local Farm Service Agency office