USDA seeks input on rural climate solutions
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested public comments on a new climate partnership initiative designed to create new revenue streams for producers via market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices.
The USDA will support a number of pilot projects to provide incentives to producers to implement conservation practices identified as climate-safe. The USDA published an official Request for Information seeking public input on the design of the new initiative.
“The pilots will invest in the science, monitoring and verification to measure the benefits of these climate-smart practices,” said agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “Today, we ask for public input to inform our decision making and enhance the design of this initiative.”
Comments must be provided prior to 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 1via the Federal Register. The department is specifically seeking input from farmers and landowners, livestock producer groups, governments, organizations representing historically underrepresented producers and communities, and more.