The projects should help historically underserved farmers and ranchers in implementing natural resources conservation practices that:
Improve soil health;
Improve water quality;
Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern;
Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural land; and
Build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
Projects should remove barriers to access and reach historically underserved groups through a combination of program outreach and technical assistance in managing natural resources that address one or more of the following four NRCS priority areas:
Addressing local natural resource issues;
Using climate-smart agriculture practices and principles;
Encouraging existing and new partnerships; and
Developing state and community-led conservation leadership for historically underserved agricultural producers, including educating and training students for careers in natural resources management.