Funding Available for Livestock Producers in Western Massachusetts

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with American Farmland Trust, will be accepting applications for financial assistance for Land Management activities through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Livestock producers in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester counties are eligible for this program. Applications are accepted year-round, but the deadlines for fiscal year 2023 will be February 17, 2023 and May 19, 2023.

This funding is part of the Western New England Regenerative Agriculture RCPP project, focused on increasing the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices in Western New England livestock farms through technical and financial assistance opportunities. These funds will assist livestock producers in implementing conservation practices to improve soil health or protect water quality. Examples of eligible projects include prescribed grazing, pasture and hay planting, cover crop planting, pollinator habitats, and more.

To learn more, visit the project website, or reach out to Sarah Heller, project manager, at