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Farm Journal Foundation Awarded USDA Grant for Climate-Smart Grazing Project


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 13, 2022) – Farm Journal Foundation is pleased to announce that it is receiving support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a new project to improve access to grazing resources for Native American farmers and ranchers.


Under this new project, Farm Journal Foundation will partner with the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute to provide Native American farmers and ranchers with technical assistance, education, and direct payments to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices like rotational grazing and planting of native grasses. The project was one of 71 new initiatives announced on Dec. 12 by the USDA, under the second funding pool of the agency’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities effort.


“We are proud to partner with the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute on this exciting new project that aims to capture the climate-smart benefits of traditional tribal grazing practices,” said Tricia Beal, CEO of Farm Journal Foundation. “Farmers and ranchers are important stewards of the land and the environment. We hope that this project will expand upon the benefits of grazing practices used by indigenous farmers and ranchers, and further develop innovative conservation practices from within tribal communities.”


The new endeavor is expected to work directly with farmers and ranchers in tribal communities, in geographies including Florida, Montana, and Oklahoma. Participants will receive assistance with validating greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing climate-smart commodities, including creating marketable emission offsets or credits.


The goal of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative is to work to expand markets for U.S. producers who produce climate-smart commodities, leverage greenhouse gas benefits of climate-smart production, and provide meaningful benefits to producers, including small and underserved producers, according to the USDA. Farm Journal Foundation and partners expect to begin work on the project in the new year.


 

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About Farm Journal Foundation

Farm Journal Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving global food security by sustaining modern agriculture’s leadership role and ability to meet the vital needs of a growing population. The organization works to advance this mission through key issue areas, including global food and nutrition security, agricultural research and development, and conservation agriculture. To learn more, visit www.farmjournalfoundation.org.



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