The Department of Agriculture awarded $17.4 million to nine projects June 8 to help farmers, ranchers, and forest owners reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conservation and nutrient management efforts and bolster their efforts to obtain carbon credits for reducing emissions. The awards include $7.4 million for large-scale emissions mitigation efforts in 24 states funded under USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants, as well as $10 million in funding from the agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help agricultural producers implement emissions-reducing conservation practices.