The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, which includes 70 agriculture organizations, has worked over the past three months to develop specific recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Agriculture should approach a potential carbon bank. FACA began sharing those recommendations with USDA and Congress.
A voluntary, USDA-led carbon bank is one policy mechanism being considered to help reduce barriers that producers and landowners face to participating in voluntary carbon markets and adopting climate-smart practices. FACA recommends that USDA lay the foundation for a potential carbon bank by first developing a series of pilot projects that would focus on the following four areas: Continue reading here.
USDA INVESTS IN RESEARCH INNOVATIONS
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest at least $21.7 million in several key programs to help agricultural producers manage the impacts of climate change on their lands and production. NIFA awarded $6.3 million for 14 Soil Health grants and $5.4 million for seven Signals in the Soil grants through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). NIFA also is investing at least $10 million this year in a new AFRI program area priority called, “Extension, Education, and USDA Climate Hub Partnerships,” to train the next generation of agriculturalists and foresters to incorporate climate change research into their management practices.
About USDA’s Northern Plains Climate Hub
The Northern Plains Hub serves Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. The Hub delivers science-based knowledge, practical information, management & conservation strategies, and decision tools to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with the goal of helping them adapt to weather variability and changing climatic conditions. See::Topics
MORE NEWS RELEASES: USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT / NEBRASKA
- USDA Recognizes Earth Day by Celebrating Renewable Energy Infrastructure
ORD, Neb., April 22, 2021 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development leadership in Nebraska joined local, state, and federal partners today to celebrate renewable energy infrastructure improvements for Scratchtown Brewing Company, LLC in recognition of Earth Day. “USDA Rural Development programs and services are in a unique position to help rural communities,” Acting State Director for Rural Development Kim Martini said. “Projects like the one being recognized today, not only help rural small businesses save on their bottom line, but also contribute to the health of the environment.” Learn more here: Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- On Earth Day, USDA Invests $3.3 Million in Rural Water, Energy, and Biofuel Infrastructure
LINCOLN, Neb., April 22, 2021 – Today, in honor of Earth Day 2021, Acting State Director for Rural Development in Nebraska Kim Martini announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $3.3 million in critical infrastructure that will help rural Nebraskan communities build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- USDA chief Tom Vilsack says climate plans won’t involve a leaner meat diet, land seizures, Omaha World-Herald
- USDA: 100 Days Update
Here is a summary of USDA’s work over these past 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration and a look at what is ahead.