The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance Monday congratulated the second group of organizations selected to receive funding through USDAâ€™s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Program.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the additional funding of $325 million for 71 projects under the second funding pool of the effort. USDA received more than 1,000 proposals between two funding pools requesting more than $20 billion in funds. The announcement brings the total investment from both funding pools to more than $3.1 billion for 141 tentatively selected projects.
The projects will provide meaningful opportunities for small and underserved producers to participate in innovative climate programs, according to FACA. One of FACAâ€™s key tenets is ensuring federal climate programs offer equitable opportunities for all farmers, ranchers and forest owners.
FACA supports a voluntary, incentive-based approach to advance the deployment of climate-smart practices on working lands. FACA consists of organizations representing farmers, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates.