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Conservation Programs

Adapting to Climate Change

Adapting to climate change is one of many reasons to adopt conservation practices on working lands.

For example, conservation practices such as conservation tillage, crop residue management, cover crops, and management of livestock grazing intensities have the potential to reduce negative impacts of climate change due to increased soil erosion or changes in water availability. In addition, these practices can enhance soil quality by increasing soil organic matter content and improving soil structure.

USDA offers a variety of conservation programs that provide producers with technical and financial assistance to manage their resources.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers conservation programs. The Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program provide rental payments in exchange for farmers removing environmentally sensitive land from production.

FSA offers emergency conservation programs to provide funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to restore farmland damaged by natural disasters and for emergency water conservation measures in severe droughts.

This video explains potential impacts of climate change on working lands, and how conservation practices can help.


Climate Adaptation for Animal Agriculture

This course lecture (28 min) produced for the Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate Project describes the different ways that animal producers are adapting to the impacts of climate change. The adaptations include both short-term and long-term strategies, and they can be applied to all areas of farm operation, including farm inputs, animal production, logistics and farm exports.



USDA’s Climate Hubs aim to help producers be climate-ready by implementing adaptive responses to climate change. By working with USDA's Climate Hubs, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners will be more prepared to adapt to a changing climate.

This page features information from USDA's 2014 Climate Adaptation Plan