USDA Introduces “Climate Smart” Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on February 7, introduced the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program designed to expand markets for U.S. agricultural and forestry products that are produced using practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon.  The $1 billion endeavor would fund short-term pilot programs that support the application of these climate-friendly practices. Two funding rounds have been identified with deadlines of April 8 and May 27.  It is presently not clear how and whether the program would support managed forests that produce carbon storing wood products.  USDA will host a webinar in the coming weeks to provide additional details on the program, dates to be announced.  See USDA Press Release and Climate-Smart Program

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