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Expanding climate-smart farming in Kansas

Expanding climate-smart farming in Kansas

By Scout Nelson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is championing an initiative called Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, aimed at bolstering a diverse array of farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners.

This program is designed to expand market opportunities for climate-smart commodities produced in America, enhancing the environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with these farming practices.

An investment of more than $3.1 billion is being funneled into 141 different projects under this initiative. A key component of these projects is the active involvement of small and underserved producers, ensuring that the benefits of climate-smart agriculture reach those most in need of support.

To aid producers in understanding and accessing these opportunities, several resources have been made available:

  • AgWeb: In partnership with Farm Journal's Trust in Food, AgWeb has developed the Climate Smart Opportunity Navigator. This tool assists producers in identifying which grant projects align with their specific needs and geographic location.
  • Kansas Water Office (KWO): KWO offers a Conservation Resource Guide that details various agricultural conservation assistance programs available in Kansas, providing vital information for those looking to engage in sustainable practices.
  • USDA Website: The USDA’s own Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities site features a comprehensive overview of the program. The Project Dashboard allows users to explore available opportunities in Kansas, filtering by commodity type, farming practices, and collaborating partners.

USDA's this strategic initiative supports American farmers' economic stability and contributes to reducing agricultural carbon footprints through innovative, sustainable practices, paving the way for a more resilient agricultural sector and a broader environmental goal.

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