USDA announces $325 million in projects for climate-smart funding for farmers

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Grace Smith | December 16, 2022

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Dec. 12 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Biden-Harris Administration are investing an extra $325 million for 71 projects under the second funding pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities effort. Back in September, the USDA gave out $2.8 billion for 70 projects. 

Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities is a USDA strategy to keep mitigating climate change through agriculture, using incentive-based, involuntary methods. 

“I it’s fair to say that farmers, ranchers and producers and forested landowners all across the United States recognize and appreciate the risks and challenges that they face as a result of a changing climate,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said on Dec. 12. “And we also know that far too often, those risks and those challenges impact and affect farmers, small-sized farming operations, and those who have been historically underserved, perhaps a bit harder than others.”

USDA hopes the funding pools provided combined will create multiple positive outcomes. 

  • The funding will reach 60,000 farms and 25 million acres of land participating in climate-smart production.
  • Over 60 million tons of carbon dioxide withdrawn from projects
  • 100 universities and 30 minority institutions to bring creative ideas and skills 
  • Over 20 tribes and tribal groups will lead projects and represent a vast geography