FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2022
Contact: Lyndsey Medsker
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack unveiled a new opportunity that will support farmers and ranchers in their efforts to fight climate change. The Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities will fund pilot projects to accelerate the role farmers and ranchers play in providing climate solutions.
In comments submitted to USDA in November, National Farmers Union stressed the importance of a national, broadly inclusive initiative in terms of geography and scale of production, and that participation by limited resource, beginning, and social disadvantaged farmers and ranchers should be encouraged.
“NFU has long called for bold and cooperative action to rein in the climate crisis, and this announcement marks a key step in helping farmers and ranchers be part of the solution,” said Rob Larew, President, National Farmers Union.
“We appreciate that the climate-smart commodities opportunity is designed to be inclusive, collaborative, and focused on voluntary, incentive-based practices and approaches to conservation,” added Larew. “NFU is hopeful these pilot projects will help develop new market opportunities for farmers, and we stand ready to work with the administration to ensure the pilot projects are successful.”
More information on the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities can be found here.
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