Washington, September 22, 2022 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the Biden-Harris administration has generated up to $2.8 billion in funding through projects. Summary of investment opportunities.
This groundbreaking project will expand the market for climate-friendly goods, leverage greenhouse gases to produce climate-friendly goods, and provide direct and substantial benefits to agricultural produce. production, including both small and marginal producers.
“The USDA is committed to creating and expanding this market opportunity for U.S. agriculture and becoming a homeowner,” said Vilsack, who announced the flagship program of the Climate-Friendly Commodities Partnership last week. global leader in climate-friendly agricultural production.
“Personal and consumer interest in climate-friendly foods is strong and growing. This effort will improve U.S. agriculture’s competitive advantage at home and abroad, creating create sustainable wealth for rural communities and support diverse producers and activities.”
Earlier in the year, Vilsack announced that the USDA had allocated $1 billion to the program, split into two funding pools. Due to the unprecedented demand and interest in the program and the potential for manufacturers to benefit from significant access, the Biden-Harris administration has increased its total allocation to more than $3 billion, with the project The second is expected later this year. will be announced this year. .
See what they have to say below:
USDA President Zippy Duvall
“AFBF is delighted to be selected to join the USDA Climate Commodity Partnership. We are pleased that a number of projects that AFBF supports and participates in farms have been selected to co-finance. AFBF is proud to be a member. Founder of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance believes that conservation goals should be voluntary and market-based. We are pleased that the USDA is basing the program on the recommendations of FACA and believes this is a positive step in developing conservation solutions that respect partner farmers.”
Luther Marquardt, executive vice president of the American Beet Growers Association
“U.S. sugar beet farmers have been global leaders in sustainable sugar production for decades, using best practices and continuous improvement to instill confidence in consumers. Our family of farmers look forward to working with our project partners.We appreciate this incredible opportunity for USDA and We are proud to work with them on the process. this interesting.”
Blue Diamond Growers Mark Jansen is President and CEO
“This is a historic opportunity for our 112-year-old cooperative, which represents nearly half of California’s almond growers. Grower and owner, I’m climate-friendly. of the USDA I welcome the vision of the United States to invest significantly in agricultural development.”
Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Keith Greenberg
“Colorado’s farmers and ranchers have worked on their farmland for generations and are our first line of defense against the climate crisis. Governor Polis and I are committed to the USDA and the federal government.”
Britt Grossman, vice president of the Conservation Fund for Climate-Friendly Agriculture
“The USDA has identified multiple benefits in the ability of farmers, ranchers, and growers to advance agriculture’s ability to produce climate benefits. Special grants expand opportunities for farmers of color, new farmers, and previously underserved farmers. This is an important decade that will shape our climate in the future. U.S. emissions are at 10%, but that could be part of the problem.Increased USDA investment will allow manufacturers to reduce their emissions and do more.This will spur measurement research. measure the evolution of climate change over time.”
Scott Herndon, CEO of Field to Market
“The transition to climate-friendly agricultural methods is a process that farmers cannot do alone. We are grateful to have been selected as recipients of funding, as it will enable us to do so. I increase access to innovative strategies to reduce costs for farmers in implementing climate-friendly practices, financial risks and agronomists.”
Food and Agriculture Climate Coalition
“The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) commends the USDA for reviewing and selecting pilot projects under the Commodity Climate Partnership.”
House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott
“Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to mention the exciting work funded through the USDA Climate-Friendly Commodity Partnership. This morning, Secretary Vilsack announced a $25 million grant for the Rodale Institute Funding is working with the University of Georgia and Emory University to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Mitigation, consumer education, and helping develop technology models that drive scalability. This is very important and I strongly support what Secretary Vilsack is doing with this project This project is only one of 70 funded projects, but I believe it will be the most successful because it is happening in the country. Georgia.
Scientific Director of the International Fresh Products Association, Ph.D. Max Teplitzky
“IFPA welcomes USDA’s investment in all climate projects, in particular the USDA’s strong commitment to projects that have a specific impact on crops. We are pleased that the funding comes from The Vibrant Futures program is timely as an investment in specific crops. This funding will allow us to test the financial performance of farmers. “Develop a marketing strategy to educate people. consumers about sustainable climate technologies, how the fresh fruit, vegetable and flower industry can help alleviate the climate crisis and – most importantly – collect data that will enable our industry to participate into the green economy. “
National Cotton Council President Ted Schneider
“The U.S. cotton industry is committed to sustainability and the environment. The $90 million in funding for the U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Initiative is a historic investment that will continue to continue. strengthens our industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, voluntary land and water loss, and energy efforts, while increasing soil carbon emissions. Proud to partner with USDA on this important environmental effort We look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack on future climate projects Creating and expanding market opportunities for US cotton, but Conservation is also a global leader in mitigating climate change through voluntary action and innovation.”
Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Agricultural Cooperatives
“Today’s Secretary’s announcement represents a key commitment by the USDA and the federal government to assist U.S. farmers, ranchers, and ranchers in adopting climate-friendly agricultural practices. and measure positive impacts on meeting national climate goals 10% of the project will be implemented by agricultural cooperatives, or a percentage of cooperatives.”
Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Dairy Farmers Federation
“The U.S. dairy community welcomes USDA’s support of dairy farmers’ efforts to develop and implement climate-friendly solutions that benefit the entire food chain.” farm-to-market products As leaders in sustainable agriculture, dairy farmers are important We’ve met the industry’s ambitious goals Zero The goal is production clean water production and optimal use.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul
“Sustainable agriculture is vital to combating the effects of climate change, and this massive funding commitment will benefit New York’s land and forest owners and enable us to work together. As a nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.With this grant, President Biden, and the administration’s announcement, we are taking another important step toward improving the environment for future generations. Public-private partnership to lead climate-friendly agriculture and forestry projects will be a new innovation in forestry and agriculture.This event will help meet ambitious climate goals, protect the environment, protect agricultural land and meet the global demand for products grown with green technology.”
Nicole Rakobitch, Director of Sustainability at Organic Valley
“As the effects of the climate crisis intensify, this USDA effort is critical to the future of U.S. agriculture to weather current and future storms. Strategic funding. This from USDA will allow us and others to work with farmers to deliver climate-friendly innovation To reduce carbon emissions As a model, we like Organic Valley Food and we believe this model can be used in the food industry we are happy to be able to give consumers what the market wants: low carbon emissions dairy and egg products.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
“Agriculture has the biggest impact on climate change, from extreme weather conditions to conditions favorable for the entry of pests, crops and diseases. My administration has provided unprecedented support to the industry. our feed – passed the PA Farm Bill and Clean Flow Fund Read – I ‘m Our Strength – I am pleased to see that our efforts are growing rapidly with government support Farmers cannot fight climate change alone.”
Audrey Epp Schmidt, Strategic Partner Communications Director
“We thank USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for USDA’s transformative investment in agroforestry. This funding will drive significant private investment in the industry and increase farmers’ incomes while at the same time. improved carbon sequestration, soil health, biodiversity and water quality More farmers To ensure access to the large and profitable agroforestry market, partners will promote this work in many ways, while providing incentives, funding and technology to farmers to develop markets for crops and support new products, supply chains, and growing markets for organic produce. climate friendly.”
Investing in Villages for Environmental Executive Aliza Drewes
“We are proud that USDA sees the potential in our approach to fairly pay providers when it comes to storage. USDA’s willingness to test the RIPE100 concept demonstrates a national interest in solutions. advanced solutions and the willingness of multiple providers to opt out of Cost Sharing.”
Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Forestry
“Today’s announcement is an important step forward, giving farmers and rural communities the additional tools they need to fight the climate crisis while staying profitable . . . creating jobs paying high wages and reducing our carbon footprint on and off the farm By combining federal investment with local innovation, USDA is making impressive progress with many partners in this area.
Senator Bob Casey
“Agriculture in Pennsylvania is vital to our economy. This funding will encourage farmers, ranchers and manufacturers to use climate-friendly production to support the local economy. and increase PA’s competitiveness in addressing the climate crisis.
Senator Lindsey Graham
“Thanks to Secretary Vilsack for this funding to strengthen South Carolina’s agricultural economy. The world is in the midst of a food crisis and Clemson, South Carolina, and South Carolina farmers are improving their yields. through cutting-edge research, and supporting impoverished areas. Investment in research and development – especially in the agricultural sector – is imperative. I am proud to be a partner in this work.
Joe Fargiones is the North American Defense Manager
“Climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time and farmers are the first. Planting more trees in agricultural landscapes is a win for farmers and a win for nature. It reduces greenhouse gases by sequestering more carbon in soil emissions and helping farmers generate higher income streams.”
Representatives of US Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Chelli Pingree and Jared Golden
“This grant benefits our producers and the environment by expanding market opportunities and innovative and environmentally friendly methods of farming and crop production. We are delighted. glad that USDA is investing in the remaining two projects in Maine that will benefit producers and the climate Funding Wolfe’s Neck By allowing the Farm to initiate initiatives that help farmers adopt climate-friendly technologies and access markets for climate-friendly goods, the project will provide significant economic benefits to our rural communities against the impacts of climate change. of climate change.”
President of the United States Cotton Trust Agreement, candidate of philology. Gary Adams
“Starting in 2020, the Trust Protocol aims to set new standards for sustainable cotton production, where complete transparency is a reality and continuous improvement is the primary goal. U.S. climate-smart cotton is a way for farmers to learn, grow, and discover their impact on the environment.Improving impact is an important step in the resources needed for new opportunities. I look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack to implement a holistic approach to this program.”
Cassie Bladew President of the American Radish Association
“On behalf of the American Sugarcane Association and its members, I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Bonnie for their commitment to our efforts for a climate-friendly agricultural future. Make sure our products are reliable and sustainable. We look forward to working together. We are partners in this project.” Work with USDA to extend this approach.