Multibillion-Dollar USDA Investment Will Expand Climate-Smart Commodity Markets, Harness Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Climate-Smart Commodity Production and provide direct agricultural benefits
CLEAR WATER, Wis., September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Against the backdrop of cows grazing in the pasture of the Anibas family’s organic dairy farm, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today highlighted historic investments to support projects that build farmer resilience to fight the climate crisis and strengthen rural America. Until $2.8 billion across 70 projects spanning the agricultural industry were initially selected under the Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities funding opportunity, including several projects in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The USDA partnership program included a $25 million price to the cooperative whose head office is in a rural area Wisconsin under the name of the project: Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program: Creating a multi-stakeholder pathway to produce, market and promote climate-smart commodities across the United States The grant is intended to help small family organic farms establish and measure on-farm practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The grant will provide technical and financial resources to accelerate the adoption of 1,200 new carbon reduction and removal projects on 500 Organic Valley member farms across rural America over the next five years. For Organic Valley, this is based on a new study in the August issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production which shows how organic dairy farming can store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Through this program, Organic Valley will include direct payments to farmers for carbon reduction and removal, as well as cost sharing for the design and implementation of climate-smart agricultural practices. Climate-smart practices included in Organic Valley’s carbon insert program include pasture, pasture and cropland improvements, manure management, feed supplements, agroforestry and solar energy.
“Through climate-smart commodity partnerships, the USDA is delivering on its promise to create and expand market opportunities for U.S. agriculture and to be the world leader in climate-smart agricultural production. climate,” the agriculture secretary said. Tom Vilsack. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join Organic Valley stakeholders in highlighting our strong partnership to increase the competitive advantage of American agriculture, create wealth that stays in rural communities, and support new sources. revenue for U.S. climate-smart producers.”
The funding will provide the resources needed to grow the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting (OV-CIP) program from a one-year pilot project to a full, multi-year program. With funding from the USDA and in partnership with more than 20 climate-smart grant partners, this award helps Organic Valley work to achieve carbon neutrality without using carbon offsets. The resulting carbon reductions and removals will be applied to Organic Valley branded products and will help reduce the carbon footprint of dairy and eggs. A portion of the carbon inserts will also be shared with participating ingredient supply chain partners and applied to their products and climate goals.
“In the face of the growing impacts of the climate crisis, this USDA action is vital to the future of agriculture in the United States to weather the current and future storms. This strategic funding offered by the USDA allows us , us and others, to meaningfully innovate with farmers and bring climate-friendly food to market,” said Nicole Rakobitsch, Director of Sustainability at Organic Valley. “Organic Valley is creating a model approach to reduce carbon emissions, and we believe this model can be replicated across the food sector. As we move forward with carbon integration, we will share our learnings and best practices. Ultimately, we are excited to offer consumers the products they demand in the marketplace: low-carbon dairy and eggs. »
As part of Organic Valley’s mission, this project will provide increased resources to small family farms. A large portion of participating farms will meet the USDA’s definition of an underserved producer, with an emphasis on resource-limited and beginning farmers. Organic Valley will continue to work to expand its carbon insertion program while building a stronger foundation for regional agricultural diversity and climate resilience.
About Organic Valley
Organic Valley is passionate about doing what’s right for people, animals and the earth and is committed to bringing ethically produced organic foods to families around the world. Organic Valley is the largest organic farmer-owned cooperative in the United States and one of the largest organic consumer brands in the world. Founded in 1988 to sustain family farms through organic farming, the cooperative represents nearly 1,800 farmers in 34 American states, Canada, Australia and the UK. For more information, visit ov.coop/impact. Organic Valley is also @OrganicValley on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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