RELATED FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THEIR PROGRAMS

NRCS

The US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a key MCP partner. Carbon farm planning is based on the structure and existing support provided by NRCS Conservation Planning. NRCS conservation practices are eligible for Farm Bill funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestland.

Since 2013 MCP partners have been working with NRCS to create a suite of online tools to model the carbon sequestration from 36 conservation practices , including COMET-Planner. In 2013, the Marin RCD received a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) that funded the application of compost on the first three demonstration ranches.

US EPA REGION 9

In 2014 the EPA Region 9 Clean Energy and Climate Change Team identified rangelands and their sequestration potential as a priority in their review of climate change strategies. In 2016, MCP co-founders and lead scientists presented to a meeting of Regional EPA Directors on MCP scientific findings at the invitation of Director Jared Blumenfeld.