Solutions from the Land (SfL) wholeheartedly endorses Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, a new USDA program announced today by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “This exciting new program provides another opportunity and pathway to enable farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other producers to implement climate smart systems and practices that sustainably intensify production, improve resilience and reduce and/or sequester greenhouse gas reductions” said SfL President Ernie Shea. The program announced today closely aligns with the framework SfL has been advocating nationally and globally to unleash high value climate change solutions from the ag and forestry sectors. “We are especially pleased to see that the program will utilize market approaches to reward producers for the climate smart practices they deploy and the benefits they verify. We are also pleased to learn that the new pilot demonstration program will encourage large, landscape scale projects and will be open to all types of producers, including early adopters as well as small and historically underserved producers”. SfL looks forward to collaborating closely with USDA and a growing range of public and private partners in implementing climate smart production practices, activities and systems on working lands across the U.S.
For further information, contact Shea at 410-952-0123, or at [email protected]