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USDA to invest $1B in climate smart commodities

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will help finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. ag and forestry products that use climate-smart practices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping up to deliver on its promise to expand markets by investing $1 billion in partnerships to support America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will help finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. ag and forestry products that use climate-smart practices.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will help finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. ag and forestry products that use climate-smart practices and include innovative, cost-effective ways to measure and verify greenhouse gas benefits.

“(The venture) will increase the competitive advantage of American producers. We want a broad array of agriculture and forestry to see themselves in this effort, including small and historically underserved producers as well as early adopters.”

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, one of the largest dairy co-ops in the country welcomes the announcement.

Brody Stapel

“Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and our farmer members have already committed to more sustainable farming practices,” said Edge President Brody Stapel. “This infusion of money will help build on that work.”

Edge currently helps to support a number of farmer-led conservation groups and recognizes that those efforts are only the beginning.

“Edge and our sister organization, Farmers for Sustainable Food, are also working with dairy processors to develop sustainability projects based on their milksheds, including a pilot project recognized nationally for its supply chain partnerships,” Stapel said. “This is an ideal way to focus on sustainability in a commodity-specific fashion from production to processing and on to final consumption.”

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