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Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project Summaries

USDA is investing $3.1 billion in 141 selected projects under Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. Details on individual projects are provided below.

First Funding Pool Project Summaries

Farmers for Soil Health Climate-Smart Commodities Partnership

This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.

Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network.
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MN, MI, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, ND, NC, MD, DE, NY, WI, PA, VA
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

 

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program

This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain

Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Other Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, NE, ND, OH, WI, SD, MO, MI, MN
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership and Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Underserved Producers' Access to Markets

This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets. Project plans to support implementation of climate-smart practices like cover crops, nutrient management plans, forest stand management, prescribed grazing and forage and biomass planting. Planned marketing efforts include identifying strategies for building acres or products.

Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Primary States Expected: Nationwide, Tribal, Territories
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

 

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation)

This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits. Project plans to train Black Climate-Smart agronomists through internships and fellowships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the Southeast, and provide incentives to underserved producers for hosting Farmer Peer Networks. Truterra plans to work with food and ag companies to acquire project grown climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Other Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil
Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops. Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

 

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions

This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 states to adopt and implement climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, like cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management, and develop markets. Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Project plans to provide cost-share on a per acre basis to reduce costs for early adopting end users. ADM plans to transition climate-smart products to be sold a premium per bushel, allowing climate-smart practices to be funded with the supply chain.

Leading Partner: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Other Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid- America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MO, MI, MN, MS, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

 

U.S. Climate-Smart Cotton Program

This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate-smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing millions of bales of Climate-Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrating major carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers. Project plans to provide participants up to three years of financial assistance for climate-smart practices like nutrient management and cover crops. To enhance market opportunities for participants, partners plan to leverage and enhance their existing relationships within the apparel industry.

Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Other Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Primary States Expected: AL, AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, KS, LA, MO, MS, NC, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

 

California Dairy Research Foundation Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will build climate-smart dairy markets and provide financial incentives for dairy producers to adopt climate-smart manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, leveraging matching funding from non-federal sources. Financial incentives are planned on a per-cow basis to producers to implement vermifiltration, evaporative liquid waste processing systems, subsurface drip fertigation using liquid manure, weeping walls, aerated static compost piles, and others. On average producers will likely receive incentives that account for 30 to 50 percent of their total costs of CSAF practice adoption, while also receiving a premium for the climate-smart milk. This project plans to utilize partnerships designed to market climate-smart milk for a higher premium and conduct a consumer market messaging analysis to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of approaches to best promote climate-smart milk in multiple market channels.

Lead Partner: California Dairy Research Foundation
Other Major Partners: California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Cares, California Dairy Campaign, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, Milk Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Sustainable Conservation, Western United Dairies, California Farm Bureau Federation, University of California, Davis, University of California, Riverside, University of California Cooperative Extension, Truterra, California Dairies, Inc., Challenge Dairy Products, Nestlé
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $85,000,000

 

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Partnership: Supporting Agricultural Producers at All Scales to Deliver Productivity, Market Opportunities, and Enhanced Soil, Water, and Climate Benefits

This project will build climate-smart markets for a variety of agricultural commodities and help to make adopting climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices more economically viable for producers by compensating them at a rate that guarantees and reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs. It also proposes to conduct research on consumer willingness to pay for climate-smart labels to help assess the private market and label effectiveness, and develop a national climate-smart agriculture and forestry certification model that can used with private sector purchasers.

Lead Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Other Major Partners: Rural Investment to Protect Our Environment (RIPE), Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, North Dakota Farmers Union, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Assoc., Natl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Black Growers Council, Sustainable Food Lab, Environmental Initiative, and Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
Primary States Expected: AR, MN, ND, VA
Major Commodities: Corn, Rice, Beef, Pork, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

 

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate- smart practices and support underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future. This project plans to work with Black and underserved producers to leverage over 60 Climate-Smart practices and scenarios. USA rice plans to work with monitoring partners to certify quantified emission reductions for grain produced through this pilot and promote marketing assistance.

Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Other Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s
Primary States Expected: AR, CA, LA, MS, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

 

Horizon II: A Climate-Smart Future for Corn, Soybean, Livestock, and Renewable Natural Gas Production

This project will enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve carbon sequestration in the production of corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities, while creating opportunities for small and underserved producers and benefitting soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitats for native wildlife. Project plans provide financial compensation for producers to plant prairie grasses and cover crops to be harvested and converted to biogas and biofertilizer in digesters.  Partners plan to establish markets for cover crops and grassland restoration on low profit corn and soybean croplands.

Lead Partner: Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC
Other Major Partners: Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, Verdesian, Veterans in Agriculture
Primary States Expected: IA, MO
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Pork, Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

 

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities

This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing and land management practices. The project will guide and educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate- smart beef/bison commodity markets.

Lead Partner: South Dakota State University
Other Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, Millborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Primary States Expected: CO, GA, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, ND, SC, SD, WY, Tribal Lands
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

 

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative

This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, including Tribal and Black farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment. The project plans to focus on cover crops, low- or no-till, nutrient management, and/or enhanced efficiency fertilizers to increase supply of climate-smart corn, cotton, soy, and wheat.

Lead Partner: Field to Market
Other Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MS, MO, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

 

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate-Smart Agriculture Partnerships

This project will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate- smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.

Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Other Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Primary States Expected: CA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, NE, ND, NM, NY, OH, PA, SD, TX, UT, WI
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

 

Building Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities in South Carolina

This project will utilize a coalition of 27 entities to execute a pilot project that provides incentives to farmers to implement climate-smart (CS) production practices. The project will examine and verify the benefits resulting from implementing CS practices and will support development of markets for the resulting CS commodities. The project plans to provide direct payments to producers to implement climate-smart practices like cover crops, residue and tillage management, reduced tillage, mulching, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, prescribed fire, tree stand improvement, and early successional habitat development and management. The plan to develop and expand involves advanced economic analysis techniques to estimate economic and environmental benefits and to assess potential long-term viability, as well as creation of a labeling and certification process for climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Clemson University
Other Major Partners: SC State U., American Peanut Council, Aster Global Environmental Solutions, Barry Graden, CU Wood Utilization Institute, Forest Assoc. of SC, Help for Landowners, Mixon Seeds, Plametto Agribusiness Council, Petrichor Global, SC Cattleman's Assoc., SC Peanut Board, SC Southern SARE, SC Timber Producers Assoc., SC Forage and Grazing Lands Coalition, SC Farmer;s Markets, SC Specialty Crop Assoc., The Long Leaf Alliance, Tidewater Lumber and Moulding, US Endowment for Forests and Communities, WP Rawl, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Gullah Geechee Community, SC Black Farmer's Assoc, SC New & Beginning Farmers Program, Fartmer Veteran Coalition of SC, Women in Agriculture, Women Owning Woodlands
Primary States Expected: SC
Major Commodities: Peanuts, Beef, Forage, Leafy Greens, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

 

National Sorghum Producers Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will implement climate-smart production practices across hundreds of thousands of acres of sorghum working lands, with the goal of reducing hundreds of millions of pounds of carbon emissions and developing markets for sorghum as a climate-smart commodity.

Lead Partner: National Sorghum Producers Association
Other Major Partners: KS Black Farmers Assoc.; Peoria Tribe of Indians of OK; KS AgriWomen; Women Managing the Farm; CO, KS, NM, OK & TX Sorghum Assocs; United Sorghum Checkoff, Prairie View A&M, CO State, TX Tech, TX A&M, KS State and OK State Univ.; NM & KS Depts of Agriculture; Field to Market; RIPE; Trust in Food™; Natl. Cotton Council; Amer. Coalit. for Ethanol; KS Water, Pheasants/Quail Forever; Salk Institute; Danforth Center; Galvanize Clim. Solut.; Arable; Argonne Natl Lab; K-Coe Isom; Sust Envir Consult; ServiTech, Danone; Kashi; Bayer Crop Sci; ADM; Conestoga Energy; KS Ethanol; Pratt, West Plains & Energy; Nu Life Market; CoBank; & High Plains Farm Credit
Primary States Expected: CO, KS, NM, OK, TX, Tribal
Major Commodities: Sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000

 

Texas Climate-Smart Initiative

This project, the Texas Climate-Smart Initiative (CSI), is a five-year multi-commodity pilot project to transition Texas' large agricultural sector to climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) practices and develop new markets for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to provide financial incentives for a wide array of climate-smart practices including cover crops, forestry practices, grazing and pasture management practices and nutrient management. Planned marketing efforts include brand creation and cost-benefit analysis tools for producer use.

Lead Partner: Texas A & M Agrilife Research
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board, Prairie View A&M University, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, Tarleton State University, BCarbon, Nori, Plains Cotton Growers Association, Texas Wheat Producers Board, TX Corn Producers Board, TX Sorghum Producers Board, TX Rice Producers Board, U.S. Rice Producers Association, TX Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, TX International Produce Association, TX Citrus Mutual, TX Pecan Growers Association, TX Small Farmers & Ranchers Organization, 100Ranchers, TX Cattle Feeders Association, TX Association of Dairymen, TX Poultry Federation, TX Forestry Association, TX Chapter of National Women in Agriculture, Global Revive, Small Producers Initiative, American Plant Food
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Cotton, Wheat, Sorghum, Corn, Rice, Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy, Forest Products, Citrus, Pecan, Olive, Grapes, Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000

 

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Other Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CO, GA, IN, KS, KY:MS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

 

Expanding Agroforestry Production and Markets

This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. This will work directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers). Project plans to provide 95 percent cost-share to participating underserved producers implanting climate-smart practices. Partners also aim to work with trade organization to develop certification standards for an “agroforestry-producers” label which will bring a price premium to producers.

Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Other Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

 

NYS Connects: Climate-Smart Farms and Forests

Utilizing behavioral systems approach to break through social norms/barriers, this project will build on strong existing partnerships in the conservation and agricultural communities in NY state to expand climate-smart markets. This project will fund ag producers/forest landowners to implement multiple climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, utilize modern tools to quantify results of climate-smart agriculture, and build connections between landowners and companies with a demand for climate- smart commodities.

Lead Partner: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Other Major Partners: NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Energy Research & Development Authority & Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Evidn, Michigan State University, Mercy Works, Cervantes Farm, Cornell Small Farms Equitable Farm Futures Initiative & Veterans FarmOps program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY urban ag team, International Refugee Committee NY, Rosario Brothers Farm, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Garden, Mercy Works, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, West Haven Farms
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Dairy, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Commodities for Idaho: A Public-Private-Tribal Partnership

This project will build climate-smart markets and increase adoption of climate-smart practices on more than 100 farms in Idaho through the provision of financial and technical assistance to producers, with a focus on barley, beef, chickpea, potatoes, sugar, wheat, and hops. Project plans to direct 75 percent of funds to participant incentives for implementing a variety of practices including cover crops, no-till, biochar, cover crops with livestock grazing, interseeding of legumes and precision fertilizer application.

Lead Partner: Regents of the University of Idaho
Other Major Partners: Coeur d’Alene Tribe Natural Resources Department, Nez Perce Tribe Land Services Division, Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Salmon Safe, The Nature Conservancy Idaho Chapter Office, The Wave Foundation, Desert Mountain Grassfed Beef, Kooskooskie Fish, LLC, University of Idaho
Primary States Expected: ID, Tribal
Major Commodities: Barley, Beef, Chickpea, Potatoes, Sugar, Wheat, Hops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Farming and Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science

This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid- scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Other Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our- SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Primary States Expected: CT, DC, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, VT, WV
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

 

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-Led Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up

This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, like cover crops and stripcropping, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards. Each farmer-led project under the proposal will be encouraged to create enhanced financial incentives for underserved and small farmers to encourage participation. The project plans to encourage on-ramps into available business opportunities and increase revenue streams associated with the adoption of climate-smart actions. Marketing plans focus on a bottom-up approach to establishing markets through farmer leadership in areas with farmer-led projects.

Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, OH, OR, SD, WI, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Potatoes from the Pacific Northwest: Managing Soil Health for Climate-Smart Outcomes

This project will build climate-smart markets and advance adoption of climate-smart management systems in the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon where more than 62% of U.S. potatoes are grown and 15% of the domestic supply of seed potatoes are produced.

Lead Partner: Oregon State University
Other Major Partners: Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University, Soil Health Institute, LoCo+, Seven Generations LLC, Industrial Hemp Association of Washington, Lamb Weston, Frito-Lay, Threemile Canyon Farms, Mart Produce, Simplot, Yakama Nation: Confederated Tribes and Bands, Nez Perce Tribe, Marc Staunton, Scotty Fenters, GMP Orchards LLC, Selkirk Ag LLC, Triangle Ranch
Primary States Expected: ID, OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Potatoes, Hemp, Wheat, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

 

Unlocking the Benefits of Regenerative Almonds: Partnerships to Develop and Expand Global Climate-Smart Market Opportunities through Grower Incentives

This project will promote the adoption of climate-smart and regenerative practices on California almond farms, including those operated by underserved producers, and expand market opportunities for climate-smart almonds through development of verified claims, business-to-business reporting, and supply-chain greenhouse gas quantification. This will support the development of a market-based mechanism for almond buyers and incentivize almond growers to adopt climate-smart practices. The project plans to provide incentives for almond grower adoption of cover crops, conservation cover, hedgerows, and whole orchard recycling. The project plans to develop a third-party verification and chain of custody system to support marketing efforts. And explore how to best leverage products as propriety brands or ingredient products sold to other food companies, or both.

Lead Partner: Blue Diamond Growers
Other Major Partners: Blue Diamond Growers, Cool Farm Alliance, Pollinator Partnership, Project Apis m, SureHarvest, Where Food Comes From, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Almonds
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

 

Supreme Rice, LLC's Climate-Smart Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use Through the Adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Practices in Rice Production

This project will expand climate-smart markets and provide financial incentives for underserved and small-scale rice producers to reduce methane emissions through alternate wetting and drying irrigation and adopt other sustainable growing practices to reduce emissions and water consumption. Project plans to offer financial incentives for changing management practices and reducing perceived risk barriers. A multi-faceted campaign is planned to educate consumers and recognized participating producers.

Lead Partner: Supreme Rice, LLC
Other Major Partners: Supreme Rice, LLC, Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Rice Growers, Arkansas Rice Growers, Chicot Irrigation, Valley Irrigation
Primary States Expected: AR, LA
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

 

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy

Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on- farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.

Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Primary States Expected: CT, KS, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, TX, VT
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

 

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, Expanding Climate-Smart Markets and Developing Brand Awareness

This project will use selected climate-smart agricultural practices to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities. The project plans to provide small-scale grain and specialty crop growers incentive payment for implementing climate-smart practices like cover crops, residue and nutrient management and windbreaks.

Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Other Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

 

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project

This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Other Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CA, CO, IL, IN, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, WY
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

 

Portfolio of Partnerships for Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will help overcome climate-smart implementation barriers through investment and incentives, improve technical assistance capacity through community-based organization networks, build decision support tools for modeling/verification, and generate internal momentum for a market- based climate-smart sustainable food system embedded within resilient and abundant landscapes across Hawaii. The project plans to use a statewide producer engagement team to spearhead a phased approach to producer engagement and equity. It also plans to conduct comprehensive consumer and institutional buyer studies, develop a locally grown and climate smart communications and branding strategy in partnership with major institutional purchases, tourism industry, food hubs, retailers and distributors.

Lead Partner: Lynker Corporation
Other Major Partners: Hawai'i Producer Engagement Team, Hawai'i Cattlemen's Council, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, Hawai'i Farmers Union United, Teh Kohala Centger, Pacific Gateway Center, Forest Solutions Incorporated, Hawai'i department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and wildlife, University of Hawai'i manoa, University of Florida, Colorado State University, NRDS, Lynker, Transforming Hawai'i's Food Systems together, Hawai'i Department of Agriculture, Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai'i Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Taskforce, FarmLink.
Primary States Expected: HI
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Agroforestry, Breadfruit, Avocado, Beef, Sugarcane, Taro, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

 

Alliance to Catalyze Transition Incentives through Open Networks for Climate-Smart Agriculture

This project will develop the systemic tools and approaches necessary to catalyze change by operating in three areas simultaneously: equipping and training Technical Service Providers for CSA implementation, creating transition finance incentives for producers, and developing a robust and self-sustaining marketplace for climate-smart commodities. A market expansion strategy is planned to leverage the partnership networks to expand purchaser commitments, develop transition financing models and a CSA connector and marketplace exchange to match buyers, funders and producers and implement community engagement and consumer marketing.  ACTION plans to deploy at least 25 percent of Producer Incentive Program funds to Black and other underserved producers and include information sessions available at no cost and a website with detailed FAQ, info, and dedicated phone and email assistance in English and Spanish as well as materials and services available in the following languages: Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Punjabi.

Lead Partner: The Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, Inc.
Other Major Partners: CA Farm Demonst. Network, CARCD, CO Dept of Ag, Conservation Fund, General Mills, Grass Fed Alliance, Mad Ag, ME Soil Health Network, OpenTEAM, Organic Valley, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Potlikker Capital, Quivira Coalition, Rodale Institute, Stonyfield, Understanding Ag, Black Farmers Rising, CCOF, CFDN/RC&D, Food Solutions New England, IFT, ME Farmland Trust, NH Conservation Commission, Organic Trade Association, PASA, Quivira Coalition, Regenerative Rising, SAGE, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, TSIP, VT NOFA, CCOF, LiteFarm, Lundberg Family Farms, OR Tilth, Our Sci, SustainCert, The Organic Center, Carbon A List, Field to Market, FORA, James Beard Foundation, SAGE, Zero Food Print,AFT,FarmStack,Field to Market,National Young Farmers Coal
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, PA
Major Commodities: Beef, Dairy, Wheat, Rice, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

 

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)

This multi-year project will pilot, test, and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to climate-smart markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.

Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Other Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Catlemen's Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

 

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)

This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide climate-smart commodity (CSC) forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products. The project plans to work with Center for Heirs' Property Preservation and Women Owning Woodlands to increase the participation of underserved minority and women forest owners in climate-smart practices, dedicating five workshops for these two groups. Through the grant period, the project anticipates engaging 450 underserved landowners in South Carolina and at least 400 more in additional states. During the term of the grant, AFF and its partners plan to market the resulting, third-party verified climate benefits from participating properties not as carbon credits, but as climate benefits associated with wood products.

Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Other Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Primary States Expected: AL, GA, IN, KY, MD, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

 

Building a Climate-Smart Domestic Rubber Industry and a Solution for Growers to a Water Crisis

This project will expand natural rubber production in the Southwest with lowered greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in the region and for tribal stakeholders, and building a climate-smart rubber bioeconomy based on climate-smart and sustainable practices. This project plans to pay a per acre per year incentive, and fund planting, harvesting and delivery of the crop to the processing facility. The work proposed almost exclusively works with underserved and small producers, including the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Colorado River Tribes. The project aims to include marketing the rubber to Bridgestone, which is providing more than $35M in cost share to the project.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: University of Arizona, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Colorado State University, OpenET, Eight REgional growers, Tohono O'odham Nation, Colorado River Indian Tribes (Mohave, Chemeuvi, Hopi and Navajo peoples)
Primary States Expected: AZ, Tribal
Major Commodities: Natural Rubber
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast

This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that results in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise climate-smart oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina and develop related climate-smart markets. Project plans to provide technical assistance and direct financial climate-smart practice incentive payments or producer premiums for CS commodities. Partners plan to provide each underserved or small-scale producer participant a whole farm analysis enrolling more of their acres in working land conservation programs.

Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Other Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Primary States Expected: ND, SD, MN, IA, NE, MT, WY, WI
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

 

New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project

This project will implement forest management practices with large commercial producers and smaller woodlot and Tribal owners to store more carbon in the forest, quantify the resulting carbon gains, and build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials. The project aims to include Climate-smart forestry practices like reduced impact logging, timber stand improvement thinning, maintaining legacy trees and brown ash as a component of New England’s forest, as well as favoring canoe-quality white birth to maintain cultural integrity and economy of First Nations.

Lead Partner: New England Forestry Foundation
Other Major Partners: Seven Islands, Weyerhauser, Wagner Woodlands, Baskahegan, Robbins Lumber, Pasamoquoddy Forestry Dept, UMaine, Nature Conservancy, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, Mass Tree Farm Program, Hull Forestlands, Heyes Family Forests, trust to Conserve Northeast forestlands, American Forest Foundation, Spatial informatic group, Innov. Natural Res. Solutions, Spritios Properties, Leers Weinzapfel Assoc, Quantified Ventures, Woodworks, Forest Stewards Guild, Mas Audobon, Our climate common, Highstead Foundation, Mass Forest Alliance, CT Forest & Park Assoc, Appalach. Mtn Club. Mass Woodlands Institute
Primary States Expected: ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool

This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce climate-smart fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate-smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.

Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Other Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State University Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Primary States Expected: CA, GA, IN, NC, MT, SD, TN, WY, NY
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets

A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture markets and practices for the eastern U.S. through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices, including grazing, seeding grass and using soil amendments,that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency. The project plans to market climate-smart beef with the ultimate goal of launching a cooperative to sell climate-smart beef products.

Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Other Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch JointVenture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, IN, KY, MO, NC, SC, TN, VA
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Cotton through a Sustainable and Innovative Supply Chain Approach

This project will expand climate-smart cotton markets and implement methods to restore soil and ecosystem health in cotton production through regenerative farming and best practices based on specific regions and needs. The project plans to create tools focused on small and underserved producers for communications, climate smart educational materials, outreach/educational activities, and engagement on farm for data collection and practice implementation.  The project plans to enroll women and minority farmers. The project plans to work with partners, farmers, and brands to further intensify and target cooperation with clients around the purchase and sale of climate-smart cotton, as well as the development of long-term strategies and agreements progressing the market for climate-smart cotton in a way which is economically sustainable for all value chain players – from farmer to consumer.

Lead Partner: Ecom USA, LLC
Other Major Partners: ECOM USA, Earthworm. Quarterway Cotton Growers, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, University of Arkansas Coop Ext, CIBO Technologies, Control Union, 5 LOCCotton, Product DNA
Primary States Expected: AR, TX
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Camelina

This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems and build associate climate-smart biofuels markets. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.

Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Primary States Expected: ID, CO, KS, MO, MT, OK, OR, TX, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral

This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project plans 90 percent of participants will be small-scale producers.

Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Other Major Partners: The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Primary States Expected: AL, GA, MD, MS, OK, PA, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

The GEVO Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program

The project aims to create critical structural climate-smart market incentives for low carbon-intensity corn as well as to accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the sector’s dependency on fossil-based fuel. This project includes an immediate market opportunity to sell climate- smart, low-climate-impact corn. The project plans to use existing relationships within the airline industry to secure offtake agreements for low-carbon intensity sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel purchasers. The project plans to establish an advisory council, which will include members from underserved groups, specifically focusing on gender equality and minority representation from the Native tribal organizations, to ensure project design and implementation adequately account for underserved producers and communities. Program materials, education and training are planned to be centered on minority-owned farms and the benefits of enrolling their farm acreage in a climate-smart commodities program; this project also specifically aims to enroll two historically underserved groups: women (majority female-owned farms) in southeast Iowa and southeast Nebraska and Native American tribal organizations in South Dakota, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Lead Partner: Gevo, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC, Google, Farmers Edge, EarthOptics, South Dakota State University, Regen Ag Labs, Yard Stick, Double H Ag Services, Farmers Edge, AgSpire, PrairieFood, Stine Seed Farm, Holganix, Trace Genomics, MidState Agronomy, Double H Ag Services, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Standing Rock (SAGE) Renewable Energy Power Authority
Primary States Expected: MN, SD, NE, IA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

 

Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West

This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.

Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Other Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Primary States Expected: CO, ID, IL, MT, NM, NV, UT, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program: Building a Multi-stakeholder Path to Produce, Market and Promote Climate-Smart Commodities Across the U.S.

This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities. The project plans to provide participating producers, mostly underserved producers, incentives for climate-smart practices like cover crops, reduced and no-till, prescribed grazing and soil amendments. Project plans to execute market and sales strategies of climate-smart dairy and egg products in branded Organic Valley products and in ingredients and bulk products.

Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Other Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, ID, NM, OR, UT, WA, IA, IL, MN, MO, SD, WI, IN, KY, MI, OH, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

An Integrated Approach to Scaling-Up Climate-Smart Practices for Crop, Livestock, and Agroforestry Production

This project will focus on a training program about climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in conjunction with financial incentives for ag producers who implement the CSA practices. The goal is to expand climate-smart agriculture markets throughout Missouri and serve as a teaching model for other states. To better engage small scale producers, including underserved farmers, the project plans to offer 100 farmers incentive funds to create climate-smart fieldscape demonstrations including cover crops and regenerative grazing.

Lead Partner: The Curators of the University of Missouri
Other Major Partners: Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Center for Agroforestry, Lincoln University, MO Soybean Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Corn Growers Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Cattlemen’s Association, MO Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, EarthDance, STAR Program, ESMC, MO Departs. of Ag., Natural Resources & Conservation, U.S Geological Survey, MO Agribusiness Association, MFA Inc., MO Fertilizer Control Board, Kansas City Food Hub, FarmRaise, MARC-IV Consulting, Nestle-Purina, Show-Me Energy, Mid-America Biofuels, MO Prime Beef Packers
Primary States Expected: MO
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Cotton, Beef, Forage, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

Quantifying the Potential to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Carbon Sequestration by Growing and Marketing Climate-Smart Commodities in the Southern Piedmont

Aimed at the southern piedmont vegetable farming community, this proposal will utilize an interdisciplinary system approach including farmer adoption, understanding economic/social barriers, market/consumer buy-in, utilizing technology, and easing the burden on farmers. The results of the project will build climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increases carbon sequestration, and increase farmer economic opportunities and adoption of climate-smart agriculture.

Leading Partner: Rodale Institute
Other Major Partners: University of Georgia, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Georgia Organics, Emory University, University of Georgia, Soil Health Institute, University of Tennessee, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Primary States Expected: GA, NC, PA, SC, VA
Major Commodities: Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Agriculture that is Profitable, Regenerative, Actionable, and Trustworthy (CARAT)

This project will enable partners to expand climate-smart markets and work with dairy producers in PA to implement climate-smart agriculture. An overarching goal is establishing successful and profitable partnerships between diverse producers, including underserved producers, and consumers, leading to a reduction of greenhouse gases, suppressing methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, and storage of carbon. The proposal plans to market climate-smart milk by utilizing the CARAT advisory board to connect with companies interested in purchasing greenhouse gas credits or climate-smart milk.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania State University- University Park
Other Major Partners: Center for Dairy Excellence, Proagrica, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Red Barn Consulting
Primary States Expected: PA
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

The Mid-Atlantic Conservation Innovation Fund Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will help expand climate-smart markets and address climate-smart plans and practices for hundreds of dairy producers and will provide an on-ramp and serve as a catalyst for additional state and private capital to bolster the implementation of whole farm plans.

Lead Partner: The Conservation Innovation Fund
Other Major Partners: Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, South Mountain Creamery, Stroud Water Research Center, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, TeamAg, RedBarn Consulting, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Primary States Expected: PA, VA, MD
Major Commodities: Dairy, Beef, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

Building the Climate-Smart Wood Economy

This project brings together Tribal, small family forest, and nonprofit wood producers with data scientists and the design and construction industry to manage and restore tens of thousands of acres in Oregon. The project will quantify the positive impacts of climate-smart management on carbon sequestration, wildfire intensity, and cultural values, and will also build resources for project teams to navigate climate-smart markets for wood procurement through pre-design, design, and construction phases and support sale.

Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Northwest, EcoTrust, Northwest Natural Resources Group, Trout Mountain Forestry, Vibrant Planet
Primary States Expected: OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

 

Growing the Supply and Market for Climate-Smart Grass-Fed Organic Dairy via Maple Hill Creamery

This project will expand climate-smart markets for dairy producers and enable a network of partners and producers to implement climate-smart practices by incentivizing implementation and providing training support. This will lead to greater environmental practices and enhanced viability for farms that implement them. The project plans to provide participants incentives for Avoided Conversion, Pasture Scoring, Training and Voluntary participation. Marketing plans include updated branding materials like packaging, advertising, social media and a website.

Lead Partner: Maple Hill Creamery LLC
Other Major Partners: Dharma Lea, LLC, Paul Harris Development, Stone Barns, Point Blue Conservation Science, DGA Dairy Grazing, Open TEAM at Wolfe’s Neck Center, Shannon O'Sullivan, K&O Farm, James Young, Amber Waves, Spring Weather, Serenity Acres Farm, Evening Star Ranch, Reginelli and Aeschlimann, Adam Tafel, Periggo Farm, Whole Foods
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

Growing Value for Producers

This project will create and pilot-test a farmer-friendly system that builds capacity with institutions interacting with a range of producers, including underserved producers, to support adoption of climate- smart practices and interact with commodity buyers in climate-smart markets.

Lead Partner: Winrock International Institute for Agriculture Development
Other Major Partners: Arva Intelligence, Blue Raster, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Riceland Foods Inc Primary States Expected: AR, MO, Tribal
Major Commodities: Rice, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

National Pork Board's Advancing U.S. Pork Sustainability and Market Value Proposal

The goal of this project is to increase the sustainability of U.S. pork products by advancing climate-smart agriculture practices within the feed supply, thereby maintaining market demand and price premiums in a rapidly evolving consumer world. The geography of focus – Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – encapsulates a concentration of pork facilities supported by local grain production, representing a key region of the overall supply chain. Planned practices include cover crops, livestock integration in cover crops and manure management. The project plans to offer participants, including small-scale and underserved producers, free initial soil testing, technical assistance from partner agronomists, cost-share for practice adoption and tuition or scholarships for participating producers to attend advanced soil health training workshops through peer-to-peer networking.

Lead Partner: National Pork Board
Other Major Partners: National Pork Board, Nestle, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Ducks Unlimited, Trust in Food (Farm Journal), Farm Credit Council, Millborn Seed
Primary States Expected: IA, MN, MO
Major Commodities: Pork, Rice, Soybeans, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

Building Soil, Building Equity: Accelerating a Regenerative Farming Movement in Appalachia and the Southeast

This project seeks to build climate-smart markets and sequester carbon over thousands of acres of Appalachian and rural southeastern land through strategic recruitment from networks of producers. The project will use education, outreach, technical assistance, and incentivizing producers to adopt climate-smart agriculture.

Lead Partner: Accelerating Appalachia
Other Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technologies, Kentucky State University, Working Trees from Stanford University’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Carbon Harvest Primary States Expected: GA, KY, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Row Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

Forest to Home

This project seeks to convert industrial timber and traditional forest product manufacturing to a BIPOC- owned supply chain for residential/commercial construction. The project will educate early adopters in forestry, tribes, black, and rural communities on benefits of climate-smart forest practices to maximize carbon sequestration. Timber harvested will be used to build housing units for underserved communities.

Lead Partner: Forterra NW
Other Major Partners: Yakama Nation, Abu Bakr Islamic Center, RJ Group, Aspect Structural Engineers, Gordian Knot Strategies, Sustainable Northwest, Zaugg and Whitehorse Timber, Snohomish County, Town of Darrington, Port of Portland, Roslyn Downtown Assoc, Town of Hamilton, City of Tacoma, X- Caliber Rural Capital
Primary States Expected: WA
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and underserved producers. Elevated plans to leverage its marketing and branding expertise to pilot a climate-smart branding program for participating producers reach customers in multiple sectors from farmer’s markets to global retailers.  Materials planned include branded stickers, bags and boxes, and social media promotion.

Lead Partner: Elevated Foods Inc
Other Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Primary States Expected: AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KY, MO, MS, SC, TN, Tribal
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand)

This project will build climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.

Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Other Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Primary States Expected: CA, NY, NC, OR, WA, ND, SD,WI, IN, MI, MN, IA, MO, NE, OK
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

 

A Vibrant Future: Pilot Projects for Climate-Smart Fruit and Vegetable Production, Marketing, and Valuation of Ecosystem Services

This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production using practices like tillage management, alley cropping, water management and soil amendments, in order to establish consumer-driven climate-smart markets for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices. The project aims to develop tools for marketing climate-smart commodities that will be suitable for specialty crop growers, and could be adoptable by the larger ag industry. This would include a consumer-focused “climate-smart seal” to be affixed to fruits and vegetables  and/or traceable and tradeable “climate-smart benefits bundles (CSBB)” that growers can use in financial transactions.

Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Primary States Expected: AL, CA, FL, GA, LA
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

NCBA CLUSA USDA NRCS CSC Proposal Narrative – Puerto Rico

This project will lead a consortium of cooperatives, farmer organizations, and minority serving institutions in Puerto Rico that will offer financial incentives to underserved farmers to adopt climate- smart agriculture and forestry practices for production of coffee and other commodities, building climate-smart markets. The project plans to implement a wide variety of on-the-ground climate-smart practices including reduced tillage, strip-tillage, biochar amendments, and cover crops. The project aims to increase resilience for smallholders Puerto Rican coffee farmers, their families, and their communities by increasing the diversification of crops grown in Multi-story Perennial Cropping systems. Given that Puerto Ricans rely on imports for more than 85% their food supply, farmers’ ability to expand into citrus, plantains, bananas, cacao, and other crops for local and for home consumption would have significant economic and food security benefits.

Lead Partner: Cooperative League of the United States of America
Other Major Partners: Productores de Café de Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, National Co+op Grocers, Fondo de Inversión y Desarrollo Cooperativo, La Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Farmers Association, SustainCERT
Primary States Expected: PR
Major Commodities: Coffee, Citrus, Plantains, Bananas, Cacao, Lumber
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

SmartAgGro Pilot Program Provides Technical and Builds Partnership Markets to America’s Climate-Smart Farmers, Ranchers, & Forest Owners to Strengthen U.S. Rural and Agricultural Communities

This project will implement a scalable climate-smart marketing strategy to assist underserved farmers in Mississippi Congressional District 2 to adopt climate-smart practices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in production of beef and other products. This project aims to apply cover crops, low till/no till, nutrient management, buffers, feed management, grazing plans and manure management.  The project plans to provide marketing training to participating farmers to help them develop marketing strategies and retrain higher farm-to-consumer margins by identifying both wholesale and retail markets and effective promotion and advertising. Partners plan to work with Historical Black Colleges and Universities to reach their networks of underserved growers.

Lead Partner: Vanguard (OTE) Consortium
Other Major Partners: Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Rust College, Mississippi Valley State University, Cindy Ayers, Amerimac Chemical Corp
Primary States Expected: MS
Major Commodities: Beef, Soybeans, Corn, Forage, Pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber

This project builds climate-smart markets for timber and forest products and addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted and the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). The project plans to invest in a new website and signage to educate consumers about the novel commodity and to provide project contact information. By listing projects with a carbon registry, public records will be available and will include georeferenced planting project boundaries, a description of the planting project including densities and species compositions, quantification of carbon benefits in mtCO2e, and records of third-party project validation and verifications. The project aims to work with multiple Tribes in the west and small producers and community-serving landowners in the south. At least half of the total grant funding is anticipated to be reserved for technical and financial assistance for Tribes, family forest owners, and county/municipal ownerships.

Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Other Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, MS, MT, NC, NM, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

Industrial Hemp for Fiber and Grain

This project aims to expand climate-smart markets and remedy lack of available data on environmentally beneficial practices for hemp production by providing open-accessible data and training and enabling monetization of climate-smart practices through a pilot designation in a digital marketplace. Additionally, this project develops an inclusive workforce that specializes in implementation of climate-smart practices by engaging underserved producers and financially supporting them as they learn these practices. Project plans to provide participating underserved producers an incentive payment, technical assistance, input costs, transportation to processors, marketing assistance, and the revenue from the climate-smart hemp produced.  Planned practices include cover crops and nutrient management.

Lead Partner: Iconoclast Industries, LLC
Other Major Partners: Cedar Meadow Farm LLC, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Stockton University, The Shaffer Group, Texas A&M University, Pecan Street Inc, CultivateAI, Florida Department of Agriculture, Green Ocean Sciences, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ganjanesh Bioscience, INDHemp, Global Hemp Association, 357 Hemp Logistics, SB Friedman Development Advisors, M4MM, Canndigenous, EntreVation LLC, Stillman College, Legacy Farms Group
Primary States Expected: FL, NY, TN, VA, WI
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy

This project aims to generate knowledge of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions for the Fischer Farms beef production system, to inform future business decisions, and to generate science- based marketing tools that will enable buyers to actively participate in climate-positive purchasing and eating decisions. The project will include livestock producers, and it will support Fischer Farms’ market expansion into other areas.

Lead Partner: Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC
Other Major Partners: Indiana University, Carbon Solutions
Primary States Expected: IN, IL, KY, OH, TN
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

 

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale

This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding climate-smart markets and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.

Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC
Other Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

 

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West

This project will expand climate-smart markets for beef and implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across 13 states, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.

Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Other Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Primary States Expected: AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

 

Developing Climate-Smart Grain Markets in the Mid-South through Diverse Partnerships and a Farming-Systems Approach to Practice Integration to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate-smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple climate-smart practices to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local climate-smart market opportunity for direct sale, and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.

Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Other Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Primary States Expected: MS, AR, AL, LA
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

 

Sonoma Marin Ag and County Climate Coalition

This project will build on successful carbon farming and local/regional food systems partnerships across two counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose is to expand climate-smart markets, including a regional supply chain and innovative marketing campaign for climate-smart agricultural products. This will create a scalable, regional carbon finance program that is sustainable and scale implementation for the long term. The project plans to provide at least 75 percent of project costs for participants, with a special round of funding for underserved and small-scale producers. The planned marketing strategy includes producer stories, interactive marketing campaign, climate-smart badge and educational farm tours.

Lead Partner: County of Sonoma
Other Major Partners: Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin Resource Conservation District, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Carbon Cycle Institute, Sonoma County Department of Agriculture, Sonoma County Regional Climate, Protection Authority Marin Agricultural Land Trust, UC Cooperative Extension Marin, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma, MarinCAN, Marin County Sustainability Team, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Marin County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measure, Marin County Cooperation Team, Sanzuma, and LookInto
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Grapes, Fruit Trees, Vegetables, Beef, Dairy, Fiber, Aquaculture, Nursery stock, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

 

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice

This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS. This project plans direct incentive payment to producers for climate-smart practice implementation and identity preserved storage and potential crop premiums for producers who develop their own processing capabilities and markets. Planned practices include: alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigated rice, reduced burning of rice stubble, early incorporation of rice stubble into the soil, and various techniques for improving nitrogen fertilizer efficiency.

Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Primary States Expected: AR, CA, LA, MS, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

 

Sustainable Market Approaches for Regenerating Territories with Agricultural Goods in Puerto Rico

The project will support and empower smallholder coffee farmers in Puerto Rico to transition to climate- smart agriculture and forestry practices through identification of viable practices and support for their implementation on farms. The project will also account of greenhouse gas-related benefits and co- benefits throughout the supply chain and develop of a unique Puerto Rican branded climate-smart coffee label and voluntary program. This project plans to focus on implementing agroforestry and afforestration practices on working lands, application of biochar as a soil amendment and multi-story cropping.

Lead Partner: Caribbean Regenerative Community Development, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute, University of Wisconsin, Cafiesencia, DuPuis Group, University of Puerto Rico
Primary States Expected: PR
Major Commodities: Coffee
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

 

Demonstration, Expansion, and Quantification of the Benefits of a Climate-Smart Commodity: Verified Regenerative Bison Products

The project will develop a demonstration program on tribal lands, implementing and expanding multiple climate-smart markets and practices in production of American bison, and will showcase the benefits of regenerative bison production to rangeland, ranchers, and climate. It will also create a new entity to maintain standards of regenerative bison production, track climate benefits and payment for those benefits through the supply chain, and establish consumer trust. This project plans to support planting riparian areas, transitioning from crop land to native grass for bison grazing and native grass inter-seeding of existing pasture. A bison markets specialist plans to focus on a full “hoof to horn” utilization to sell multiple products including specialty cuts, ground bison, hides and bone meal. A bison-specific verification program is planned to provide the basis for market differentiation and added value.

Lead Partner: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Other Major Partners: Frasier Bison LLC, the Earthshot Institute, Mad Agriculture, Eastern Shoshone Tribal Buffalo Program, Intertribal Buffalo Council
Primary States Expected: Tribal, Oklahoma
Major Commodities: Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,000,000

 

Reducing GHG Emissions and Improving Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential through High- Carbon Soil Amendment

This pilot project will support expansion of climate-smart markets and implementation of climate-smart practices to augment conservation Best Management Practices and generate reference data to support development of regionally optimized ecosystem services models. The geographic focus of this project (CO, NE, WY, MT) has naturally low basal soil organic carbon, which means greater sequestration potential.

Lead Partner: The Western Sugar Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Crow Tribe, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, University of Wyoming; Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center; Colorado State University
Primary States Expected: CO, MT, NE, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $6,000,000

 

Scaling Up the Industrial Hemp Supply Chain as Carbon Negative Feedstock for Fuel and Fiber

This project will help with commercializing and marketing climate-smart hemp crops while driving soil carbon sequestration and climate resilience. The project aims to provide effective valuation and monetization of environmental services, including carbon dioxide removal via implementation of new genetics and management practices to increase sustainability of hemp as an annual crop in the U.S. The project plans to support small-scale, minority and other underserved farmers by paying producer license fees, incentives and seed costs. Partners are planning Climate-Smart marketing and technical feasibility studies.

Lead Partner: Lincoln University
Other Major Partners: National Hemp Association, Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Missouri Organic Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Oklahoma Farmers Union, ShowMe State Hemp Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Donald Danforth Plant Science Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Prairie View A&M Univ., St. Louis Univ., Southeast Missouri State Univ., Univ. of Missouri, Benchmark Design, Cquester Analytics, DTE Materials, HempWood, Midwest Natural Fiber, New West Genetics, REA Resource Recovery Systems, Rockwater, Renaissance Fiber
Primary States Expected: KS, MO, OK, TX
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $5,000,000

Second Funding Pool Project Summaries

On December 12, 2022, USDA announced its investment of $325 million in 71 projects under the second funding pool of Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. The second funding pool was particularly focused on innovative projects that emphasize enrolling small and underserved producers and invest in measuring, monitoring, reporting and verifying the benefits of climate-smart practices at minority-serving institutions. The total investment from both funding pools to over $3.1 billion for 141 selected projects. View round two projects below; view round one and two projects here.


Piloting Agroforestry in the Adirondack North Country: Producing Climate-Smart Commodities and Promoting Carbon Sequestration

This project plans to focus primarily on women-owned businesses and farming operations and develop a regional Adirondack climate-smart brand for marketing commodities as part of these systems. The project plans to support and monitor the climate benefits of three agroforestry practices: riparian buffers, cropland reforestation and silvopasture. Producers would receive technical assistance including tailored agroforestry plans and practice inputs such as tree seedling and shelters.

Lead Partner: Adirondack North Country Association
Other Major Partners: Interlace Agroforestry LLC, Mace Chasm Farm, North Country Creamery, Wild Work Farm, Sugar House Creamery, Barred Owl Brook Farm, Ananta Farm, Blue Pepper Farm, Fledging Crow Vegetables
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Timber, Dairy, Sheep, Nuts and Berries
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $560,000

 

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Incentivizing Woody Perennial Growers to Establish Cover Crops in Orchards in Four Diverse Regions of the United States

Through this project, producers with orchards would receive financial incentives and technical assistance to incorporate cover crops into their operations. Project partners plan to help market these climate-smart fruits and nuts in areas that typically have less access to fresh food. About one-third of the project participants would be smaller-sized operations and partners plan to work to include minority owned orchards.

Lead Partner: Agoro Carbon Alliance US, Inc
Other Major Partners: Agoro Carbon Alliance, California Walnut Board and Commission, GO Seed, Padilla, FoodMinds
Primary States Expected: CA, WA, OR, MI, FL
Major Commodities: Fruits and Nuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,800,000

 

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb

The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Primary States Expected: CA, IN, TX, MT and Nationwide
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

 

Improving Forest Carbon Sequestration and Storage by Establishing Supply Chains for Low-Quality Wood Material and Incentivizing Sustainable Forestry Practices

This project pilots an incentives program to advance sustainable climate-smart forest management and create additional low-quality climate-smart wood market supply chains. Nearly every participant would be small scale or underserved, who would receive direct payments for retaining larger and higher quality trees. The project's partners would market the resulting climate-smart commodities, leveraging their well-established working relationships with buyers who require the low-quality wood material.

Lead Partner: AMRO United Corporation
Other Major Partners: LBS Ecological, Green Fire Forestry & Wildlife Services, Future Forest Management, Craver Logging, Welch Logging, Sawtooth Forestry
Primary States Expected: NY, VT, NJ, MA, CT, PA
Major Commodities: Wood products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,800,000

 

Climate-SMART (Specific Management for Arizona Resilience and Transformation) Agriculture Best Management Practices

Participants in this Arizona-based project would be paid to apply climate-smart practices that reduce pesticide and fertilizer inputs; reduce tillage, use diverse cover crop, rest pastures and use rotational grazing. The project would emphasize cross cultural knowledge sharing between Native American producers and other participants and would market climate-smart commodities through partnership networks.

Lead Partner: Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance, Arizona State University Kyl Center for Water Policy, ASU Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, University of Arizona; Local First Arizona, Duncan Family Farms, Pinnacle Prevention, Soil Health Institute, Northern Arizona University, Organic Trade Association
Primary States Expected: Tribal; Arizona
Major Commodities: Specialty crops, organic crops and livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture and Markets Amongst Socially-Disadvantaged, Limited-Resource, and Urban Farmers in Ohio and Michigan

This project would combine monitoring, outreach, and technical support to foster the adoption of climate-smart practices by minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers of Ohio and southern Michigan. It also creates synergy between climate-smart feedlot operations and socially disadvantaged farmers. Project partners plan to recruit minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers and selected Central State University students who would receive additional training on climate-smart agriculture.  Small-scale and urban vegetable farmers enrolled in this project would receive funds to cover part of their operating costs.

Lead Partner: Central State University
Other Major Partners: Ohio State University, A & B Porteus, Southeast Michigan Producers Association (SEMPA), Wilmington College
Primary States Expected: OH, MI
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,900,000

 

Climate-Smart Commodities and Market Development within the Chickasaw Nation: Restoring Power to Small Farmers and Communities Through Pecan and Specialty Crop Engagement

Participating farmers would receive incentives for climate-smart practices, including reducing chemical applications on pecan trees and conversion of pastures to multiple species of native grasses. Through this project, the Chickasaw Nation plans to work with native pecan aggregators to divide verified climate-smart native pecans from non-verified native pecans. These pecans would be sourced to sale for any industry interested in climate-smart pecans and to local consumers.

Lead Partner: Chickasaw Nation
Other Major Partners: Murray State College, Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association, Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Primary States Expected: Tribal, OK
Major Commodities: Pecans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,977,000

 

Launching The North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture

This project plans to work collaboratively with regional small and historically underserved producers to launch the North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The Hub plans to provide farm-to-fork integration through marketing and sales support for project climate-smart commodities by consolidating transaction costs, creating a one-stop shopping platform for buyers and a marketplace for growers to post and promote their products. The project plans to support producers in implementing a variety of climate-smart cover crops; no-till or minimum-till practices; nutrient management; enhanced efficiency fertilizers; planting for high carbon sequestration rates; and soil amendments. An incentive payment is planned to be offered for each producer implementing an advanced practice.

Lead Partner: Chico State Enterprises
Other Major Partners: Butte County Farm Bureau; North State Hulling Cooperative, Douglass Ranch; GRUB Farms; Chico State Organic Vegetable Project, Chico State Basic Needs Hungry Wildcat Pantry
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Almonds, walnuts, rice, tomatoes, peaches, prunes
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,800

 

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Primary States Expected: IA, MN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, WI, VT, VA, SD, ND, NY, NJ
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

 

Building Profitability for Underserved Producers with a Pipeline of Land Access, Regenerative Agriculture, and Market Development

This project aims to provide resettled refugees access to low- or no-cost land and technical assistance to create scalable and profitable agricultural small businesses through the creation of demand for commodities produced using climate-smart practices. Project plans for farmers to use cover crops, buffer strips, improved wetlands, and other climate-smart practices. These producers would also receive technical assistance and engagement, translation assistance for non-English speakers, modeling of climate-smart practices, financial resources, and market access through partner organizations. 

Lead Partner: Dalla Terra Ranch Foundation
Other Major Partners: In Harmony Farm, Lutheran Services of Iowa Global Greens, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Small Farm Land Access Program, Iowa State University Agronomy Department, Iowa International Center, CultivateAI, Fareway Food Stores, Food Bank of Iowa, and Des Moines Area Religious Council
Primary States Expected: IA
Major Commodities: fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $271,200

 

Improving Access to Grazing Resources for Native American Farmers and Ranchers

Native American farmers and ranchers would receive technical assistance and education, and at least $1 million in direct payments to support the adoption of climate-smart practices like rotational grazing and planting of native grasses. Partners plan to assist participants with validating greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing climate-smart commodities, including creating marketable emission offsets or credits.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farm Journal Foundation, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute
Primary States Expected: Tribal, FL, MT, OK
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,925,000

 

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities

This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Primary States Expected: PA, VA, MA, SC, GA, FL, AL, CA, OR
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

 

A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Impact of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Soil Microalgae Consortium (Chlorella spp and Scenedesmus spp) as High-Efficiency Carbon Sequestration Model Plants: Implications for Climate Change and Soil Improvement

Industrial hemp for fiber would be cultivated and marketed in the southeastern United States as a high efficiency carbon sequestration and a climate-smart commodity crop. The project plans to provide financial assistance to small and/or underserved farmers to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative, LLC (NHGC) would engage industry partners to create markets for processing industrial hemp into several climate-smart commodities. While developing markets for farmers, the NHGC plan to buy all industrial hemp from all farmers during the duration the grant.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Alabama A&M University, Southern University, University of Florida (UF-IFAS)
Primary States Expected: AL, FL, LA
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,990,000

 

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture

This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Primary States Expected:  GA, FL, AL, AR, OK, TX
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

Foodshed Small Farm Distro and Resource Hub Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot

The Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot would generate economic opportunities and provide direct incentives to small and socially disadvantaged specialty crop farmers in San Diego County for improving soil health through compost application, reduced tillage and tree/shrub establishment and quantifying GHG reductions. Project partners plan to address equity by reducing barriers caused by language, and limited access to equipment and information.

Lead Partner: Foodshed, Inc
Other Major Partners: Community Health Improvement Partners' Farm to Institution Center, County of San Diego Department of Health, Southern California Resource Conservation District, Zero Foodprint, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and San Diego Food System Alliance
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Fruit, vegetables and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Preparing Wisconsin’s Farmers for a Climate-Smart Market

This project would advance climate-smart commodity market development by providing direct financial and technical assistance and incentives to support for implementation of climate-smart production. Minority underserved farmers who manage microfarms focused on selling products direct to consumer, through local farm to table restaurants or farmers market can develop a niche climate-smart milk market for selling healthier, higher quality milk at a premium.

Lead Partner: Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Inc
Other Major Partners: Wisconsin Farmers Union, Pheasants Forever, Outagamie County Land Conservation, Land Cares, Brickstead Dairy, LLC, Deer Run Dairy, LLC, Seven Oaks, LLC
Primary States Expected: WI
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,994,000

 

Reviving the Chestnut: The Climate-Smart Crop

Participants, including underserved and minority farmers, would be reimbursed for costs associated with establishing and initially maintaining carbon smart chestnut orchards. The project partners would promote the carbon reduction practices implemented through this project and market the specially-branded chestnuts produced by members as a premium “Climate-Smart” food that can reduce consumers’ impact on climate change.

Lead Partner: Georgia Alabama Land Trust
Other Major Partners: The University of Georgia Cooperative Agricultural Extension, Carbon Farmer LLC, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU), Pippin Farms, Ray Griffin, Willie Jones, Southern Farmers Collaborative Group
Primary States Expected: GA
Major Commodities: Chestnuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,980,000

 

Cover Crop Seed Production Grown with Climate-Smart Wheat

In partnership with Tribal leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, this project would provide financial and technical support to Tribal farmers to grow cover crop seed into wheat fallow systems with adequate precipitation. GO Seed plans to purchase the climate-smart cover crop seed from participating farmers and sell it to distributors removing a financial barrier to producers that would otherwise reduce participation in growing cover crop seed. Markets would be cultivated and expanded through existing relationships with millers and exporters. All wheat marketed would have a “Climate-Smart Wheat” seal on the purchasing paperwork.

Lead Partner: Grassland Oregon
Other Major Partners: Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR); Intertribal Agriculture Council; Northwest Grain Growers; Agoro Carbon Alliance; Ace Connect LLC; Soil Health Institute; Oregon Wheat Commission, OR Wheat Grower’s League; Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network; Shoshone-Bannock Agri-Business Corp
Primary States Expected: ID, OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Wheat; cover crop seed
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,722,000

 

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers

All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG) Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Primary States Expected: AR, GA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Organic Egg Project

This project would work with underserved, Amish and Mennonite producers to expand organic pasture-raised egg farming, inspire and educate consumers, and grow the demand for and expand the market for climate-smart egg products. Regenerative practices include manure and nutrient management, pasture enhancements, tree and shrub establishment and cover crops. Handsome Brook Farms plans to work with partners and retailers to develop labeling and sales opportunities to promote climate-smart organic pasture-raised eggs, a new climate-smart U.S. niche market.

Lead Partner: Handsome Brook Farms, LLC
Other Major Partners: Handsome Brook Farms, Costco Inc, Organic Voices, Grow Well Consulting, Curva and Associates LLC, University of Kentucky, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, NY Stern Center for sustainable business, Robinia Institute, Love Just Works LLC
Primary States Expected: OH, KY
Major Commodities: Poultry (Eggs)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,600,000

 

Recognizing the Role of Buffalo Production as a Climate-Smart Commodity 

Partners plan to distribute project funding to 76 Tribes to incentivize their use of climate-smart practices related to buffalo herds. The Tribal Buffalo Market Initiative (TBMI) plans to assist Tribes in marketing their buffalo as a climate-smart commodity, develop sustainable programs for historically underserved Tribal buffalo producers and create a Tribally led national strategy for education and outreach of buffalo as a climate-smart agricultural product.

Lead Partner: InterTribal Buffalo Council
Other Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Primary States Expected: Tribal
Major Commodities: Buffalo
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,950,000

 

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program

The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Primary States Expected: IA, KS, NE, IN, IL, MO, OK
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

 

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops

This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Primary States Expected: ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, TN, KY
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

 

Growing the Impossible: Climate Smart Commodities in Tribal Homelands

This project plans to provide technical assistance, training, financial incentives and business planning and marketing support for climate-smart commodities produced on tribal homelands.  This project plans to support climate-smart practices, including adaptive multi-paddock higher intensity rotational grazing which lead to increased soil organic carbon storage. The work is planned toalign with holistic Blackfeet-specific regenerative grazing strategies in direct partnership with Tribal land managers and individual producers.

Lead Partner: Piikani Lodge Health Institute (PLHI)
Other Major Partners: Piikani Lodge Health Institute, Blackfeet Community College, Blackfeet Environmental Office, Montana State University, Soils Lab, Montana State University, Buffalo Nations Food Systems Initiative, Montana State University, Native Lands Project, Animo Partnership in Natural Resources LLC, Montana Audubon, Western Sustainability Exchange, SciGaia, Crystal Springs and Flower Hill Institute, Chris Roper Services and Flower Hill Institute, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Primary States Expected: Tribal, MT
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative

The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Primary States Expected: MI, AL, LA, MS, SC
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

 

The Michigan Climate Smart Farm Project

This project plans to provide financial assistance to small scale and underserved producers as they transition to climate-smart commodity production using practices like cover crops, residue and tillage management, pasture/silvo-pasture establishment, feed management, forest stand improvement, wetland restoration and combustion system improvements. Producers are planned to receive a regenerative premium through selling climate-smart products in direct-to-market opportunities like farmers markets.

Lead Partner: Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Washtenaw County Conservation District; University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability; Michigan Department of Agriculture- Environmental Stewardship Division; Carbon Yield; Washtenaw County; The Soil Inventory Project; Monroe Conservation District; Lenawee Conservation District; Keep Growing Detroit; Wayne County Conservation District; Taste the Local Difference (TLD); Water Words that Work (WWTW)
Primary States Expected: MI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,720,000

 

Biochar for Climate-Smart Farms in Missouri

This project would provide direct on-farm assistance and support to convert on-farm ag-waste into biochar, a soil amendment, for Missouri farms and measure and market the resulting climate-smart commodities. The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) plans to launch a pilot program to provide Missouri’s underserved farming community with access to the knowledge, machinery, and support needed to turn their on-farm waste into usable climate-smart farm inputs. MOA and partners would conduct a multi-pronged program to develop and expand markets for climate-smart commodities produced by participating farmers and producers. In turn, the marketing development team wouldprovide comprehensive and well-balanced coverage of marketing specialties.

Lead Partner: Missouri Organic Association
Other Major Partners: Missouri State University, Lincoln University, Five Star Family Farms Inc., Seidel Research and Development Company LLC, and Green Tribes Consulting LLC
Primary States Expected: MO
Major Commodities: Corn, soy and other organic and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,935,000

 

Building Whole-Farm Designs and Market Infrastructure to Provide Premiums for Climate-Smart Farming among Mid-Sized Agricultural Enterprises in the Ohio River Valley

This project plans to model and develop whole-farm carbon sequestration systems geared towards mid-sized polyculture farms that produce crops and beef. Farmers would receive a sign-up incentive, free technical assistance, and cost-share to implement climate-smart practices. Partners would include African-American food system organizers who would ensure engagement with minority, unrepresented, and socially disadvantaged growers. Partners would offer a Climate-Smart Beef product line to current retail and wholesale customers and provide avenues for grain producers to market and sell their products.

Lead Partner: Mt. Folly Enterprises Inc
Other Major Partners: Mt. Folly Farm, flagship farm, Eastern Kentucky University, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Rich Earth Grains LLC, Riverside Meats, Scott Shouse, Sourwood Forestry Consulting, Ale-8-1 Bottling Company, Skip Johnson, Doug Gurian-Sherman
Primary States Expected:  KY, OH, TN
Major Commodities: beef, corn, soy, wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

Innovative Beef Cattle Management in Utah’s Semi-arid Rangelands for Climate-Smart Outcomes and Commodity Market Development

Utah ranchers running small scale operations would receive financial and technical assistance to participate in an innovative grazing pilot project to produce climate-smart beef and establish viable and accessible cattle marketplaces.

Lead Partner: Multiplier
Other Major Partners: Utah Grazing Improvement Program, Three Creeks Grazing, LLC, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Landowners Alliance, Working Lands Conservation
Primary States Expected: UT
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program (National Black Growers Council: Black Cotton/peanuts)

In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with historically underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers a, providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, VA
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

 

Building Markets and Resiliency: Addressing Climate and Food Access with Northern NJ Livestock Farmers

This project would offer technical assistance and financial cost-share incentives to livestock producers to implement priority climate-smart practices, with higher cost-shares available to underserved producers. This project would provide increased business opportunities for underserved and small farmers to be competitive in purchasing land in a market dominated by corporate sprawl and development pressure. The plan for developing and expanding markets for climate-smart commodities through this project involves the development of a climate-friendly farm certification, a consumer marketing campaign, and the expansion of equitable food access.

Lead Partner: North Jersey RC&D Area, Inc
Other Major Partners: Foodshed Alliance, NJ Audubon (NJA), CLA Consultants, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)
Primary States Expected: NJ
Major Commodities: Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,574,000

 

Farmer Cooperative-Led, Partnership-Driven Project for Implementing Novel Perennial Cover Crop Species in Specialty Crop Systems and Integrating with Innovative MRV and Carbon Market

In this pilot project, producers would receive cost-share, technical assistance, capital investment and marketing support for using Oakville bluegrass cover crop in their commercial specialty crop operations. In addition to the creation and sale of carbon offsets, Oakville bluegrass plantings would give producers the opportunity to engage in climate-smart insetting, the practice of applying GHG offsets to one’s own supply chain.  The project partner would seek further underserved producer membership through co-op director Nav Athwal’s network of over 200 Punjabi American producers.

Lead Partner: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative, Columbia River Seed, Vitidore, Radix Evergreen, California State University Chico
Primary States Expected: CA, OR, WA, AZ
Major Commodities: Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

The Building Climate Success by Empowering Humans to Care for our Natural Resources

Through this project, tribal and other underserved producers would receive financial assistance for adopting climate-smart practices for livestock and pecan production in Oklahoma. Project partners plan to create tools and partnerships for enrollees to market climate-smart products, including the creation of a climate-smart marketing class session and other resources.

Lead Partner: Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Incorporated
Other Major Partners: Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC), the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project (OBHRPI), the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Conservation District, the Choctaw Nation Conservation District, and the Oklahoma Department of Forestry
Primary States Expected: Tribal, OK
Major Commodities: Pecans, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Incentive Program

Using incentives and technical assistance, this project would help farmers adopt climate-smart practices to improve soil health and water quality, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and promote wildlife habitat, connecting climate-smart commodity production with climate adaptation and GHG benefits. The farmers enrolled every year in the project are eligible to receive sufficient and compelling incentive payments for their participation and for verified climate-smart practice implementation. The project plans to draw on Organic Association of Kentucky, Inc. (OAK) and partner networks to engage small farms and underserved farmers. OAK anticipates half of the farms enrolled annually would be underserved farmers, including limited resource, beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, and many more would be small farms, operations with gross annual farm income under $250,000.

Lead Partner: Organic Association of Kentucky Inc
Other Major Partners: Aramark, Four Hills Farm, Kentucky Organic Farm and Feed Inc., Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Marksbury Farm Market, The Berry Center, Victory Hemp Foods, Organic Trade Association, The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Sustainable Food Alliance, Bullhorn Creative, Station Built
Primary States Expected: KY
Major Commodities: Grass fed lamb; grass fed beef; corn, soybeans and small grains; produce; dairy; agroforestry; hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,407,000

 

Sustainable Agricultural Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Through this project, underserved producers would receive financial and technical assistance for climate-smart practices including cultivation of hemp as a cover crop, and other rotational crop trials. The project plans to evaluate industrial hemp bioplastics, develop software to calculate the environmental impact of a new feedstock and identify climate-smart market opportunities.

Lead Partner: PlantSwitch, Inc
Other Major Partners: Ag Processing Solutions, Brian Furnish, Leistritz Extrusion, Extrusion Technology and Innovation, Plant Based Products Council, SmartFarm Innovation Network, Tillery Sims. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia State University, Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Primary States Expected: VA
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,940,000

 

The Coalition for Food Security

The Coalition for Food Security (CFS) plans to implement climate-smart practices related to indoor hydroponic vertical farming and optimize environmental climate control management to create a voluntary climate-smart produce marketplace. This would incentivize greenhouse gas reduction practices along the vegetable supply chain through direct partnerships between underserved producers and corporate buyers, enabling small and underserved producers to sell their produce directly to corporations.  The CFS plans to design and market a franchise program to incentivize minority landowners and underserved producers to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices demonstrated at the pilot farm. In addition, CFS would provide internships to HBCU students to participate in our project and other franchise programs for graduating students to start agricultural businesses.

Lead Partner: Ponix, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Ponix, FoodChain Technologies, GTC 360 LLC, Center for Global Health Innovation, Fort Valley State University, Buds of Little Rose, Ed Farm, Slater Infrastructure
Primary States Expected: GA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

PVAMU Climate-Smart Farm Planning Program

This project plans to support historically underserved farmers in over 60 Texas counties as they adopt carbon-smart farm plans. This includes listening to the individual needs of farms to incorporate regenerative agriculture practices and provide technical assistance, financial incentives, and ongoing advising to help farmers develop regenerative agriculture practices. This project would also help producers market to down-supply chain purchasing partners that have placed value on regenerative agriculture.

Lead Partner: Prairie View A&M University
Other Major Partners: Prairie View A&M University, 100 Ranchers, Inc., Texas AgriForestry Small Farmers and Ranchers, the Landowners Association of Texas, Workforce Training and Development, Inc., and Cargill, Inc.
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Sustainability Certificate

The project would create the Climate-Smart Sustainability (CSS) Certificate to quantify the value of existing and newly adopted climate-smart interventions. The development of the CSS Certificate would substantially expand opportunities for climate-smart commodities and small-scale underserved and limited resources farmers. The project team plans to connect with networks, producers, processors, and Agri-Technology companies to help build out the market for climate-smart commodities. The data-backed CSS Certificate would provide a solution to value and document the carbon and environmental co-benefits embedded within purchased grains and other food crops so that buyers of U.S. commodities can certify GHG reductions within their supply chain.

Lead Partner: Prairie View A&M University
Other Major Partners: Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Michigan Aerospace Corporation
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Strawberry, edible soybean, radish and leafy green
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,997,300

 

Prince George’s County Climate-Smart Local Producers Pilot Program

This project plans to pilot, evaluate, and build a Climate-Smart Local Producers Program to address marketing products grown using a variety of climate-smart practices. The project would focus on reducing barriers to practice implementation on existing and new farms.  A planned marketing strategy that resonates with County residents, would combine the values of eating local, utilization of on -farm climate smart practices and woman and minority owned farms. The County plans to work with Bowie State University (a Historically Black College and University) to develop monitoring methodology and perform the analysis of greenhouse gas reductions and leverage the measurement and monitoring methodologies developed by the state of Maryland for several sequestration practices and supply chain impacts.

Lead Partner: Prince Georges, County Government
Other Major Partners: Prince George’s County Government Agencies and Entities, including Department of the Environment (DoE), Prince George's Soil Conservation District (PGSCD), Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC), Low Impact Development Center, Inc. (LIDC), Bowie State University, University of Maryland Extension
Primary States Expected: MD
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops and a Variety of other Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,250,000

 

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership

This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority.

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Primary States Expected: CO, DE, KS, MA, NE, NM, NC, PA, WY, VA and Tribal
Major Commodities: Barley
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

 

Waste to Plate: Building Circular Economies and Shorter Supply Chains for Livestock Reared on Regenerating Dryland Range with Organic Amendments

Quivira Coalition and partners plans to work with project participants to produce biochar and compost and them on degraded rangeland to enhance ecological function, carbon sequestration, and forage production Each producer would receive a stipend to support their time towards producing, deploying, monitoring, and communicating with technical support providers, host fees to support the workshop, and supplies. This project would provide direct technical support to help producers finish animals on grass, optimize carcasses for their particular customer base, and build the tools, such as an online shopping cart or a social media presence, for region-based marketing.

Lead Partner: Quivira Coalition
Other Major Partners: Reunity Resources, Trollworks, Wilson Biocha, Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, Good Meat Project, Polk’s Folly Farm, Kathryn Bedell, Creighton Robinson, Dixon Water Foundation, Weaver Ranch, Colorado State University, Dixon Water Foundation; Trilogy Beef Community; Roan Creck Ranch
Primary States Expected: AZ, CO, NM, TX, Tribal
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,536,000

 

Climate-Smart Chicken and Feed: Scaling Climate-Smart Grain and Poultry Commodity Production as a System-Level Climate Solution for the Midwest

This project would support poultry producers who follow diversified regenerative climate-smart grain production methods incorporating small grains, no-till, and cover crops, integrated agroforestry practices. Producers may receive payments to adopt a climate-smart grain rotation for at least three years and for Organic climate-smart chicken production. Producers would receive a premium price for chickens, paid by Tree-Range Farms. Multiple strategic partners including tribal nations, immigrant-serving organizations, and other community partners plan to promote the project with underserved producers.

Lead Partner: Regeneration International/Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Other Major Partners: Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA); Freshwater Society; Minnesota State University Mankato; Carleton College; Tree-Range® Farms; Makoce Agriculture Development, Oatly, Regenerative Agriculture Solutions, General Mills, Latino Economic Development Center
Primary States Expected: Tribal, MN, WI, IA, IL, SD, OK
Major Commodities: Poultry, small grain, oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

Increasing Farm Resource Efficiency by Utilizing On-Site Post-Production Food Byproducts into Innovative Fertilizers and Climate-Smart Commodities

Project participants would use innovative technology to convert crop residue into two high-value fertilizers for soil, foliar, or hydroponic use, and market resulting climate-smart commodities. Grower economic benefits include: premium pricing for carbon-smart commodities, reduced fertilizer costs, reduced water consumption and related costs, potential reduction in environmental regulatory compliance/fees (where applicable) and expanded marketing opportunities to Re-Nuble or local markets.

Lead Partner: Re-Nuble, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Helianth Partners, IPM Institute, Purple Thumb Farm, Kreher Family Farms, Blake Farms, Uncle Jerry’s Farm
Primary States Expected: NY, KY, MS, MI
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,697,000

 

Regenerative Agriculture and its Potential in Climate-Smart Commodities to Enhance the Sustainability of Underserved and Limited Resources Farmers in South Carolina

The project would use its regional extension centers and county extension agents to recruit small scale, limited resource and underserved farmers in South Carolina interested in adopting and implementing best management practices to grow climate-smart commodities, such as leafy greens and cover crops. The recruited farmers would be incentivized to adopt emission reduction, climate-smart and conservation agricultural practices to maximize soil health, and carbon sequestration. The project would establish local and regionally based small farmer cooperative to market the climate-smart cash crop commodities.

Lead Partner: South Carolina State University
Other Major Partners: Mixon Seed Services, South Carolina Black Farmers Coalition
Primary States Expected: SC
Major Commodities: Peanuts, Leafy Green, Cover Crops (Turnip, Radish, kale, mustard) and other diversified crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,542,600

 

A Climate-Smart Strategy for the Michigan Foodshed: Nourishing Our Land, Farmers, and Rural Communities

The project would focus on beginning and women farmers growing wheat, dry beans, food grade soybeans and oats. Participants can receive payments for inputting and sharing data; increasing their Truterra tool score; receiving Advanced scoring in the Truterra tool; for taking unproductive land out of production and for expanding their food growing operation by piloting food grade oats. Star of the West plans topromote climate-smart commodities with its existing network of wheat, flour, dry bean, food grade soy and oat customers, including processors, customers and restaurants. The project plans to host strategic learning circles, field days, and climate-smart leadership trainings specifically for beginning and women farmers and engage beginning farmers by providing summer internships, working with Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters, college ag students, and the Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer program.

Lead Partner: Star of the West Milling Company
Other Major Partners: Michigan Agriculture Advancement; Artisan Grain Collaborative; Shiftology Communication; Hasenick Brothers Farm; Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Agroecosystem Research; Midwest GRIT; Van Buren County Conservation District; Wisconsin Women in Conservation; Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Primary States Expected: MI
Major Commodities: Wheat, Dry Beans, Food grade soybean
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

 

Climate-Smart Fiber Hemp: A Versatile Thread Connecting the Nation’s Underserved Farmers, Climate Change Mitigation and Novel Market Opportunities

This project would be a collaborative initiative to expand the production of industrial hemp as a climate-smart commodity, evaluate its greenhouse gas benefits (GHG), and promote the value of market development to a cross-section of production agriculture, including small, medium, and underserved producers across the state of Tennessee. Special efforts are planned to identify and recruit underserved producers (e.g. minority producers, women, veterans), as well as farmers from the nine most economically distressed counties in Tennessee and the 30 counties at risk for becoming economically distressed.

Lead Partner: Tennessee State University
Other Major Partners: Tennessee State University, Hemp Alliance of Tennessee, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, The Tennessee New Farmer Academy, based at Tennessee State University
Primary States Expected: TN
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,972,800

 

Permanently Reshaping the National Beef Herd through Grassroots Genetic Selection for Climate- Smart Outcomes

This project seeks to establish a new Climate-Smart Commodity – namely feeder cattle sired by bulls selected on the basis of reduced enteric methane emissions and associated beef products. Enrolled ranchers would be eligible to receive incentives for each purchase of cows and select breeding bulls that produce reduced CH4 emissions and are more feed efficient by consuming less feed. Calves from participating herds would be enrolled in an information management system which tracks the genetic, health, and production data of individual animals as they move through the beef supply chain. This would allow participating ranchers to differentiate their calves on the basis of Climate-Smart outcomes and market those calves to prospective buyers. Partners plan to enroll underserved producers and younger, first-generation beef cattle ranching start-ups to partner, mentor, and support.

Lead Partner: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M - Kingsville, Leachman Cattle of Colorado, Brahman Country Genetics and Brahman Country Beef, Zoetis
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities:  Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,730,000

 

Establishing Climate-Smart Commodities with Reduced Greenhouse Gas Footprints to Enhance Environmental and Economic Sustainability in the Texas High Plains

The goals of this project are to quantify benefits from these climate-smart commodities on a variety of producer field sites, estimate GHG footprint across the supply chain using COMET (carbon management evaluation tool), develop a framework to demonstrate socio-economic and environmental sustainability in the Texas High Plains and support a market for sustainably produced climate-smart cotton. Multiple producers representing 10 Texas counties have been identified within the categories of Hispanic, veteran, women, beginning farmers, and early adopters.

Lead Partner: Texas Tech University System
Other Major Partners: National Cotton Council, National Sorghum Producers, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) advisory board, No-Till Texas, Field to Market, Texas Sorghum Association, Groguru, Agri-Search
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Cotton, Sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,945,500

 

Expanding Opportunities for Evidence-Based, Climate-Smart Grassfed Beef by Enhancing Income Streams through Retail Food Channels and Carbon Markets for a Producer Network Spanning the Rockies to NE US

This project aims to expand the climate-smart regenerative grassfed beef market with market incentives for producers to address the regenerative cost differential, product promotion activities to increase demand at the higher premium-price, and participation in a carbon-credit project to pay producers for carbon sequestration ecosystem services. The project would employ a model-based approach to capture the soil carbon dynamics of grazing practices, which requires calibration with locality-specific measurements of precipitation, temperature, soil, vegetation, etc. for statistical validity and high confidence level. The project plans to develop a simple, low-cost program for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (MMRV) that farmers can easily and inexpensively administer to quantify management impacts on soil and biomass C stocks and GHG emissions for grazing land systems and climate-smart beef, employing on-the-ground measurement of soil carbon stocks, producer-sourced management information, and process-based models of grazing land carbon dynamics.

Lead Partner: TH Cattle Company, LLC
Other Major Partners: Western Sustainability Exchange, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Yard Stick, HowGood
Primary States Expected: AK, AZ, CA, GA, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, OK, SD, VT, WI, WY
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,467,000

 

Minnesota Climate-Smart Seedling Production Network

The proposed project plans to work with forest owners to grow a set of climate-adapted tree species resilient to the projected climate futures of Minnesota’s Midwest Broadleaf Forest, and monitor and market the climate-smart commodity. Producers would receive a payment for each tree seedling grown, in addition to assistance with start-up costs, provision of wild-collected tree seed, and cooperatively managed shipping and distribution of seedings. Seedlings produced as part of this pilot would bear a “Climate-Smart” label and would include native trees selected based on their projected climate capability. The project would provide free training opportunities about tree seed collection and seedling production market opportunities, paying a fair, hourly wage for participating tree seed collectors and provide start-up funds for interested producers, but for whom cost would be a barrier to enter the market.

Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Other Major Partners: University of Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Three Rivers Parks District, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Urban Roots Seedling Production: Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Red Lake Nation, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation: University of Minnesota-Duluth Market Access/Development: Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D)
Primary States Expected: MN
Major Commodities: Tree Seedlings
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,997

 

Validating Agrivoltaic Technology with Underserved Agricultural Producers

This project plans to pilot the climate-smart co-location of agriculture and solar power (agrivoltaics) to measure and evaluate greenhouse gas benefits and promote equitable climate-smart commodity market development for Hispanic farmers and ranchers. Partners also plan to provide direct financial and culturally-relevant technical assistance to participants for implementing agrivoltaic systems on their farms and ranches.

Lead Partner: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Other Major Partners: Purdue University, AgriSolar Clearinghouse, HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability, Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (TMBC), Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF), Hub of Prosperity, Zamora Ranch, Justice and Mercy Energy Services (JustEnergy), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), UTRGV Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA)
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $2,229,200

 

Expanding the Participation of Marginal Producers and Landowners to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Practices: Continuous Efforts of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium

The project plans to support small-scale and other underserved producers in three states with financial and technical assistance to transform their traditional production into a multi-pronged agroforestry-based climate-smart, sustainable production system. All producers and landowners are planned to receive financial incentives to cover costs of inputs and services. Partners plan to form a marketing network for labelling, packaging, and branding climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Primary States Expected: AL, MA, VA
Major Commodities: nuts, specialty vegetables, fruits (apples, persimmon, berries), medicinal herbs, and meat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Improved Practices of Climate-Smart Livestock Production Systems and Agricultural Commodities while Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in the Southern USA: Innovating toward a new climate-smart commodity by investing in minority producers

The project plans to work with minority small producers to implement silvopasture systems and climate-resilient forage systems. Producers would receive incentives that enable their participation in climate-smart pilots and continued implementation, including reduced feed costs, carbon credit profits, and value-added products. Partners would create a mobile processing and marketing system to support the local, farm-direct meat production pipeline in a climate-conscious manner. The marketing pipeline combine farmers’ markets, local restaurants, craft butcher shops, and direct to-consumer approaches.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Mississippi State University, Alabama A&M University, Langston University, Widget Development & Trading Company
Primary States Expected: AL, MS, AR, TX
Major Commodities: Sheep and Goats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,081,100

 

Developing Capacity to Quantify Climate-Smart Practices in Cool Season Specialty Crops

This project would provide advanced, technical assistance in English and Spanish to underserved and small grower partner operations to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, plant cover crops and use soil amendments. Growers would receive mini-grants to monitor and report grower experience and conservation outcomes related to the implementation of proposed practices. Bilingual student Climate-Smart Ag Ambassadors plan to work directly with technical assistance staff and farmers to alleviate communication barriers and provide direct on-farm outreach to growers through field demonstration days.

Lead Partner: University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Other Major Partners: Huntington Farms, RCD of Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension, Agrology, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,990

 

Arizona Partnership for Climate-Smart Food Crops

The project would promote climate-smart food production practices including strip cropping, multi-story cropping and others for desert adapted crops within four agrisystems. Producers would receive payments for implementing and auditing these practices and for additional practices as well as technical assistance specialized based on culture, language and experience. Through its partners, the project create a climate-smart logo, brand guide and messaging for multiple audiences and marketplaces such as chefs/restaurants, grocery stores, farmers market, and online markets. The project  also plans to lease a commercial test kitchen for identifying culinary qualities of climate-smart crops, conducting consumer research, promoting a Desert Seed-to-Table program, and advancing retail market development and a consumer awareness campaign.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: Tucson City of Gastronomy, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Local First Arizona, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Primary States Expected: AZ, CO
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,782,300

 

Developing and Harnessing Climate-Smart Commodities from Hardwood Restoration for Small and Underserved Landowners in the Southern Bottomland Region

This project plans to focus on working with small scale and underserved landowners on marketing climate-smart wood products with support for bottomland hardwood afforestation and planting mixed hardwood oak plantations. Full technical and financial assistance is planned for landowners and demonstration sites. Partners plan to use a forest inventory system to monitor and assess tree stand structure, composition, and health status across the bottomland hardwood forests, and estimate carbon storage and evaluate indicator wildlife populations.

Lead Partner: University of Arkansas System
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) (lead), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Texas A&M University
Primary States Expected: AR
Major Commodities: wood products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,710,000

 

Commodities and Practices to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Pacific Island Agriculture and Forestry Systems

This project plans to market climate-smart commodities and achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in Pacific Island agriculture and forestry systems while improving affordable food and nutrition security of disadvantaged, at-risk, island communities. Partners plan to employ an inter-disciplinary, culturally sensitive approach when working with local farmers and forestry managers. Technical workshops are planned to showcase various climate-smart practices and underserved producers and landowners are planned to receive stipends for participating in the project. Partners plan to conduct market research to better understand emerging and untapped markets and customer’s willingness to pay (WTP) for climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: University of Guam
Other Major Partners: Renato, Ryan, Isagani, Jesus, Agriculture Research Station CNMI, Taiwan Farm, Happy Farm, Government of Guam, Island View, Meda, Bernard Watson, Katrina Reyes, Aguon Takai, Marlene Rivo
Primary States Expected: Territories
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)

The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants.

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Primary States Expected: AL, IL, IN, MO, IA
Major Commodities: Corn, vegetables and livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Cover Crop Utilization to Boost Anaerobic Digestion, Transform Chicken Litter, Enhance Soil Health, and Create Climate-Smart Commodity Pathways for Small Farms on the Delmarva Peninsula

The project would directly address underserved producers on the Delmarva Peninsula by promoting climate-smart cover crops as a feedstock for digestor facilities. Project partners anticipate these facilities plan to provide a per acre incentive for harvested climate-smart cover crop biomass making them more economically sustainable and allowing for several project partners to promote and distribute the climate-smart products. This project plans to focus on environmental justice especially in communities impacted by environmental hazards, social-economic stress and poor infrastructure.

Lead Partner: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Other Major Partners: Delmarva Land and Litter Collaborative, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, 2020 Farmers Cooperative, Millennium Farms
Primary States Expected: MA
Major Commodities: Poultry; Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Climate Resiliency for the Farm and Market Development: Economically Viable Low Carbon and Climate-Smart Practices for Soybean Farming

Team Climate-Smart Soybean plan to provide small/underserved soybean producers with sufficient incentives to encourage the use of climate-smart practices and participate in the development of markets and promotion of climate-smart soybeans. Participants would use cover crops, no-till, climate-smart soybeans, crop rotation, bio-fertilizers, and biochar. Led by an Hispanic-serving institution, project assistance would be provided in a culturally-relative approach.

Lead Partner: University of Texas at Arlington
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, University of Missouri, Tarleton State University
Primary States Expected: AR, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,991,400

 

Blue Carbon, Green Fields: Mobilizing Marine Algae to Benefit Sea and Soil in the Pacific Northwest

This project plans to pilot a mutually beneficial collaboration between aquatic and terrestrial farms in the Puget Sound region, revolving around the removal and reconveyance of nuisance seaweed for application as a Carbon-sequestering soil amendment. This product would be used on small, direct-to-consumer, specialty crop and diversified farms and the crops would be marketed to pre-existing regional markets that support demand for climate-smart commodities. Shellfish farmers would benefit from new revenue streams from nuisance seaweed, the value of improved shellfish health and seawater quality and the potential for new marketing opportunities and/or premiums associated with implementing a verified climate-smart practice.

Lead Partner: University of Washington
Other Major Partners: Washington State University, Viva Farms, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Baywater Shellfish
Primary States Expected: WA
Major Commodities: Specialty and Organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,865,100

 

ClimateSmartGoods.com - Set Your Table and Lower Your Footprint

The project plans toselect farms in Mississippi and South Carolina to demonstrate the implementation of conservation/production plans – “Smart Crop Plans”, supporting the creation of a corresponding knowledge-based training platform. Project partners also plan to provide professional marketing consultant to advise on packaging, branding and marketing of “ClimateSmart” products and connecting the products with retail and wholesale markets.

Lead Partner: Up in Farms LLC
Other Major Partners: Up in Farms, Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina, DRA Resources, Florida A&M University, Microsoft, NASA HBCU, Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Chulahoma's Garden LLC, BrightMa Farms, Piney Woods School, Warehouses 4 Good
Primary States Expected: MS, SC
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

 

Hispanic Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative

This project plans to work with Puerto Rico and Florida Hispanic pasture and forage farmers to diversify and increase production while managing climate-smart farming methods and quantifying environmental outcomes.  Project partners would address cultural and language barriers to provide technical assistance for implementing practices and marketing their beef in new revenue streams. Farmers with under 100 acres under management would be offered a higher flat fee per year.

Lead Partner: Victus Puerto Rico Inc
Other Major Partners: mano-Y-ola, LLC, Bien-Estar Agrícola LLC PR, Fundación Santa Elena de la Sabana Inc PR, Ponce Municipal Administration PR
Primary States Expected: FL; Territories
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,926,300

 

Grazing Regeneratively for Appalachian Sustainable Solutions

Underserved farmers would receive financial and technical assistance to support the transition from typical livestock systems management to climate-smart practices. Practices implemented include land management plans, prescribed grazing, bale grazing, native grass and silvopasture establishment, incorporation of legumes and non-leguminous forbs, and use of traditional and novel soil amendments, such as biochar. The project would provide producers with marketing assistancefor grass-fed beef products as long as producers meet required criteria of certifications and product quality.

Lead Partner: West Virginia University Research Corporation
Other Major Partners: West Virginia University (WVU), Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, West Virginia State University, The West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), The Soil and Water Conservation Division of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (VaDCR-SWCD), Hickory Nut Gap (HNG)
Primary States Expected: WV, VA
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,795,300

 

Northern New Mexico Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

The Northern NM Climate-Smart Working Lands Hub plans to empower New Mexico Latino and underserved beef and pork producers and their trusted partners to collectively develop, implement, monitor, quantify and broker climate-smart livestock projects. Participants would benefit from reduced transaction costs and retaining more value of their goods and services in local communities. Through partnerships, the project would provide expertise on data collection and analysis and provide highly skilled sampling teams. The project would provide participants culturally-relevant technical assistance and assistance with entering and navigating the ecosystem service marketplace.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, National Latinos Farmers and Ranchers 
Primary States Expected: NM
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,800

 

Southwest Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

The Southwest Climate-Smart Working Lands Hub plans to empower Southwest tribal beef and pork producers and their trusted partners to collectively develop, implement, monitor, quantify and broker climate-smart livestock projects. Participants would benefit from reduced transaction costs and retaining more value of their goods and services in local communities. Through partnerships, the project would provide expertise on data collection and analysis and provide highly skilled sampling teams. The project would provide participants culturally-relevant technical assistance and assistance with entering and navigating the ecosystem service marketplace.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, Indian Nations Conservation Alliance
Primary States Expected: Tribal; AZ, NM, OK
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,997,900

 

Colorado Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

Participating producers would receive financial assistance for implementing climate-smart practices in beef production and monitoring project outcomes. The project would model a successful, durable, and transferable climate-smart commodities market model to regenerate working landscapes.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers, Central Colorado Conservancy
Primary States Expected: CO
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,960

 

Southeast Arkansas Agricultural Cooperative and Multicultural Education Initiative

This project plans to provide a market platform for rice growers producing premium rice that is certified sustainably grown. Participating farmers may earn a premium and save in variable crop expenses. This project plans to establish an agricultural apprenticeship at a minority serving institution, increase the supply of climate-smart rice, and promote climate-smart practices through education and demonstration. This project would use a “whole farm” approach to climate-smart management with a specific emphasis on quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in rice production.

Lead Partner: Whitaker Grain
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, RiceTec, Ducks Unlimited
Primary States Expected: AR
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Native Food Crops for Innovative Climate-Smart Production Models and Supply Chains – The Case of Blue Elderberry in the West

The project aims to assist early-adopter Tribal, underserved and small-scale producers to successfully produce a marketable elderberry crop from perennial planting, measure carbon sequestration and develop local processing capacity. Producers would receive an incentive payment per linear foot of elderberry planting, to cover the costs of establishment, maintenance, and the implementation of the additional suite of climate-smart agriculture practices.  The project would identify potential sales channels (including local direct sales, value-added products, sales to identified and potential companies/distributors/brands, and Indigenous tribal communities), provide processing capabilities, and develop marketing materials.

Lead Partner: White Buffalo Land Trust
Other Major Partners: Jalama Canyon Ranch; Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Wild Farmlands Foundation; Orella Ranch, and The Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO)- Camp 4. The two outreach and advisory partners are Community Environmental Council and The Regents of the University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources (e.g. UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program)
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Elderberries, Beef and Livestock (Silvopasture systems)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,633,900

 

Activating Food Hub Networks for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Rural Revitalization

This project promotes climate-smart agriculture practices among small and underserved producers, including tribal producers, principally by equipping food hubs to finance and advise on-farm climate-smart practice implementation and marketing to wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. Participating farmers, who would receive technical assistance and training, would implement intensive rotational grazing; multispecies cover crops, crop rotation and reduced tillage/no-till; compost and biochar.

Lead Partner: Working Landscapes
Other Major Partners: North Carolina State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina A&T State University (BCU) Cooperative Extension, Resourceful Communities Partnership of the Conservation Fund, Croatan Institute, Haliwa Saponi Tribe, Weaver Street Market, Fruitful Innovation Group, Bender Farms, CEFS North Carolina 10% Campaign, Lumbee Farmers Cooperative (representing four Native American farmers), Davis Farms Sandy Creek (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Hunt’s Farm (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Bender Farms (small produce and row crop farm), Fourtee Acres (an African-American owned produce, row crop, and timber farm), Working Landscapes, Farmer Foodshare, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Men & Women United, TRACTOR
Primary States Expected: NC
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

Creating Climate-Smart Commodities through Enhanced Rock Weathering in Agricultural Settings

Project participants would use basalt dust instead of agricultural lime to increase soil pH through a method known as Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), which speeds up a natural carbon sequestration process. Project funds would be used to cover all material, application, and monitoring costs for farmers as well as developing markets for the low-carbon carbon smart commodities grown by participating farmers. The project plans to determine the extent to which this process can increase crop yields, reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), and decrease fertilizer and lime costs, much of which may benefit underserved agricultural producers at a time of record high input costs and increasing economic pressures.

Lead Partner: Yale University
Other Major Partners: Yale University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Grodan, Agoro Carbon Alliance, Black Oaks Center, The Land Connection, Zumwalt Acres, Farm Foundation, Carolina Sunrock, Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC), American Peanut Council (APC)
Primary States Expected: CT, GA, IL
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,898,700

Projects by Approximate Funding Ceilings

14 Projects with Approximate Funding Ceilings from $70M-$95M

Farmers for Soil Health Climate-Smart Commodities Partnership

This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.

Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MN, MI, MO, NE, OH, SD, TN, ND, NC, MD, DE, NY, WI, PA, VA
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000


Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program

This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.

Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Other Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, NE, ND, OH, WI, SD, MO, MI, MN
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000


Strengthening Grassroots Leadership and Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Underserved Producers' Access to Markets

This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets. Project plans to support implementation of climate-smart practices like cover crops, nutrient management plans, forest stand management, prescribed grazing and forage and biomass planting. Planned marketing efforts include identifying strategies for building acres or products.

Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Primary States Expected: Nationwide, Tribal, Territories,
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation)

This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits. Project plans to train Black Climate-Smart agronomists through internships and fellowships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the Southeast, and provide incentives to underserved producers for hosting Farmer Peer Networks. Truterra plans to work with food and ag companies to acquire project grown climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Other Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CA, CO, DE, FL, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions

This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 states to adopt and implement climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, like cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management, and develop markets. Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Project plans to provide cost-share on a per acre basis to reduce costs for early adopting end users. ADM plans to transition climate-smart products to be sold a premium per bushel, allowing climate-smart practices to be funded with the supply chain.

Lead Partner: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Other Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MO, MI, MN, MS, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


U.S. Climate-Smart Cotton Program

This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate-smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing millions of bales of Climate-Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrating major carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers. Project plans to provide participants up to three years of financial assistance for climate-smart practices like nutrient management and cover crops. To enhance market opportunities for participants, partners plan to leverage and enhance their existing relationships within the apparel industry.

Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Other Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Primary States Expected: AL, AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, KS, LA, MO, MS, NC, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Cotton

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


California Dairy Research Foundation Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will build climate-smart dairy markets and provide financial incentives for dairy producers to adopt climate-smart manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, leveraging matching funding from non-federal sources. Financial incentives are planned on a per-cow basis to producers to implement vermifiltration, evaporative liquid waste processing systems, subsurface drip fertigation using liquid manure, weeping walls, aerated static compost piles, and others. On average producers will likely receive incentives that account for 30 to 50 percent of their total costs of CSAF practice adoption, while also receiving a premium for the climate-smart milk. This project plans to utilize partnerships designed to market climate-smart milk for a higher premium and conduct a consumer market messaging analysis to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of approaches to best promote climate-smart milk in multiple market channels.

Lead Partner: California Dairy Research Foundation
Other Major Partners: California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Cares, California Dairy Campaign, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, Milk Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Sustainable Conservation, Western United Dairies, California Farm Bureau Federation, University of California, Davis, University of California, Riverside, University of California Cooperative Extension, Truterra, California Dairies, Inc., Challenge Dairy Products, Nestlé
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Dairy 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $85,000,000


Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Partnership: Supporting Agricultural Producers at All Scales to Deliver Productivity, Market Opportunities, and Enhanced Soil, Water, and Climate Benefits

This project will build climate-smart markets for a variety of agricultural commodities and help to make adopting climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices more economically viable for producers by compensating them at a rate that guarantees and reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs. It also proposes to conduct research on consumer willingness to pay for climate-smart labels to help assess the private market and label effectiveness, and develop a national climate-smart agriculture and forestry certification model that can used with private sector purchasers.

Lead Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Other Major Partners: Rural Partnership to Protect the Environment (RIPE), Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, North Dakota Farmers Union, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Assoc., Natl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Black Growers Council, Sustainable Food Lab, Environmental Initiative, and Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
Primary States Expected: AR, MN, ND, VA
Major Commodities: Corn, Rice, Beef, Pork, Dairy

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000


Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future. This project plans to work with Black and underserved producers to leverage over 60 Climate-Smart practices and scenarios. USA rice plans to work with monitoring partners to certify quantified emission reductions for grain produced through this pilot and promote marketing assistance.

Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Other Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Primary States Expected: AR, CA, LA, MS, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Rice

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000


Horizon II: A Climate-Smart Future for Corn, Soybean, Livestock, and Renewable Natural Gas Production

This project will enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve carbon sequestration in the production of corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities, while creating opportunities for small and underserved producers and benefitting soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitats for native wildlife. Project plans provide financial compensation for producers to plant prairie grasses and cover crops to be harvested and converted to biogas and biofertilizer in digesters.  Partners plan to establish markets for cover crops and grassland restoration on low profit corn and soybean croplands.

Lead Partner: Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC
Other Major Partners: Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, Verdesian, Veterans in Agriculture"
Primary States Expected: IA, MO
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Pork, Beef, Grass

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000


The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities

This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing and land management practices. The project will guide and educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets.

Lead Partner: South Dakota State University
Other Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Primary States Expected: CO, GA, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, ND, SC, SD, WY, Tribal Lands
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000


The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative

This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, including Tribal and Black farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment. The project plans to focus on cover crops, low- or no-till, nutrient management, and/or enhanced efficiency fertilizers to increase supply of climate-smart corn, cotton, soy, and wheat.

Lead Partner: Field to Market
Other Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MS, MO, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000


Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate-Smart Agriculture Partnerships

This project will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate-smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.

Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Other Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Primary States Expected: CA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, NE, ND, NM, NY, OH, PA, SD, TX, UT, WI
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000


Building Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities in South Carolina

This project will utilize a coalition of 27 entities to execute a pilot project that provides incentives to farmers to implement climate-smart (CS) production practices. The project will examine and verify the benefits resulting from implementing CS practices and will support development of markets for the resulting CS commodities. The project plans to provide direct payments to producers to implement climate-smart practices like cover crops, residue and tillage management, reduced tillage, mulching, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, prescribed fire, tree stand improvement, and early successional habitat development and management. The plan to develop and expand involves advanced economic analysis techniques to estimate economic and environmental benefits and to assess potential long-term viability, as well as creation of a labeling and certification process for climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Clemson University
Other Major Partners: SC State U., American Peanut Council, Aster Global Environmental Solutions, Barry Graden, CU Wood Utilization Institute, Forest Assoc. of SC, Help for Landowners, Mixon Seeds, Plametto Agribusiness Council, Petrichor Global, SC Cattleman's Assoc., SC Peanut Board, SC Southern SARE, SC Timber Producers Assoc., SC Forage and Grazing Lands Coalition, SC Farmer;s Markets, SC Specialty Crop Assoc., The Long Leaf Alliance, Tidewater Lumber and Moulding, US Endowment for Forests and Communities, WP Rawl, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Gullah Geechee Community, SC Black Farmer's Assoc, SC New & Beginning Farmers Program, Fartmer Veteran Coalition of SC, Women in Agriculture, Women Owning Woodlands
Primary States Expected: SC
Major Commodities: Peanuts, Beef, Forage, Leafy Greens, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

9 Projects with Approximate Funding Ceilings from $50M-$65M

National Sorghum Producers Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will implement climate-smart production practices across hundreds of thousands of acres of sorghum working lands, with the goal of reducing hundreds of millions of pounds of carbon emissions and developing markets for sorghum as a climate-smart commodity.

Lead Partner: National Sorghum Producers Association
Other Major Partners: KS Black Farmers Assoc.; Peoria Tribe of Indians of OK; KS AgriWomen; Women Managing the Farm; CO, KS, NM, OK & TX Sorghum Assocs; United Sorghum Checkoff, Prairie View A&M, CO State, TX Tech, TX A&M, KS State and OK State Univ.; NM & KS Depts of Agriculture; Field to Market; RIPE; Trust in Food™; Natl. Cotton Council; Amer. Coalit. for Ethanol; KS Water, Pheasants/Quail Forever; Salk Institute; Danforth Center; Galvanize Clim. Solut.; Arable; Argonne Natl Lab; K-Coe Isom; Sust Envir Consult; ServiTech, Danone; Kashi; Bayer Crop Sci; ADM; Conestoga Energy; KS Ethanol; Pratt, West. Plains & Energy; Nu Life Market; CoBank; & High Plains Farm Credit
Primary States Expected: CO, KS, NM, OK, TX, Tribal
Major Commodities: Sorghum

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000


Texas Climate-Smart Initiative

This project, the Texas Climate-Smart Initiative (CSI), is a five-year multi-commodity pilot project to transition Texas' large agricultural sector to climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) practices and develop new markets for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to provide financial incentives for a wide array of climate-smart practices including cover crops, forestry practices, grazing and pasture management practices and nutrient management. Planned marketing efforts include brand creation and cost-benefit analysis tools for producer use.

Lead Partner: Texas A & M Agrilife Research
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board, Prairie View A&M University, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, Tarleton State University, BCarbon, Nori, Plains Cotton Growers Association, Texas Wheat Producers Board, TX Corn Producers Board, TX Sorghum Producers Board, TX Rice Producers Board, U.S. Rice Producers Association, TX Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, TX International Produce Association, TX Citrus Mutual, TX Pecan Growers Association, TX Small Farmers & Ranchers Organization, 100Ranchers, TX Cattle Feeders Association, TX Association of Dairymen, TX Poultry Federation, TX Forestry Association, TX Chapter of National Women in Agriculture, Global Revive, Small Producers Initiative, American Plant Food
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Cotton, Wheat, Sorghum, Corn, Rice, Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy, Forest Products, Citrus, Pecan, Olive, Grapes, Hemp

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000


Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Other Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CO, GA, IN, KS, KY:MS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000


Expanding Agroforestry Production and Markets

This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. This will work directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers). Project plans to provide 95 percent cost-share to participating underserved producers implanting climate-smart practices. Partners also aim to work with trade organization to develop certification standards for an “agroforestry-producers” label which will bring a price premium to producers.

Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Other Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000


NYS Connects: Climate-Smart Farms and Forests

Utilizing behavioral systems approach to break through social norms/barriers, this project will build on strong existing partnerships in the conservation and agricultural communities in NY state to expand climate-smart markets. This project will fund ag producers/forest landowners to implement multiple climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices, utilize modern tools to quantify results of climate-smart agriculture, and build connections between landowners and companies with a demand for climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Other Major Partners: NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Energy Research & Development Authority & Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Evidn, Michigan State University, Mercy Works, Cervantes Farm, Cornell Small Farms Equitable Farm Futures Initiative & Veterans FarmOps program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY urban ag team, International Refugee Committee NY, Rosario Brothers Farm, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Garden, Mercy Works, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, West Haven Farms
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Dairy, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000


Climate-Smart Commodities for Idaho: A Public-Private-Tribal Partnership

This project will build climate-smart markets and increase adoption of climate-smart practices on more than 100 farms in Idaho through the provision of financial and technical assistance to producers, with a focus on barley, beef, chickpea, potatoes, sugar, wheat, and hops. Project plans to direct 75 percent of funds to participant incentives for implementing a variety of practices including cover crops, no-till, biochar, cover crops with livestock grazing, interseeding of legumes and precision fertilizer application.

Lead Partner: Regents of the University of Idaho
Other Major Partners: Coeur d’Alene Tribe Natural Resources Department, Nez Perce Tribe Land Services Division, Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Salmon Safe, The Nature Conservancy Idaho Chapter Office, The Wave Foundation, Desert Mountain Grassfed Beef, Kooskooskie Fish, LLC, University of Idaho
Primary States Expected: ID, Tribal
Major Commodities: Barley, Beef, Chickpea, Potatoes, Sugar, Wheat, Hops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000


Climate-Smart Farming and Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science

This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Other Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Primary States Expected: CT, DC, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, VT, WV
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000


Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-Led Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up

This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, like cover crops and stripcropping, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards. Each farmer-led project under the proposal will be encouraged to create enhanced financial incentives for underserved and small farmers to encourage participation. The project plans to encourage on-ramps into available business opportunities and increase revenue streams associated with the adoption of climate-smart actions. Marketing plans focus on a bottom-up approach to establishing markets through farmer leadership in areas with farmer-led projects.

Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, OH, OR, SD, WI, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000


Climate-Smart Potatoes from the Pacific Northwest: Managing Soil Health for Climate-Smart Outcomes

This project will build climate-smart markets and advance adoption of climate-smart management systems in the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon where more than 62% of U.S. potatoes are grown and 15% of the domestic supply of seed potatoes are produced.

Lead Partner: Oregon State University
Other Major Partners: Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University, Soil Health Institute, LoCo+, Seven Generations LLC, Industrial Hemp Association of Washington, Lamb Weston, Frito-Lay, Threemile Canyon Farms, Mart Produce, Simplot, Yakam Nation: Confederated Tribes and Bands, Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Colville, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Marc Staunton, Scotty Fenters, GMP Orchards LLC, Selkirk Ag LLC, Triangle Ranch
Primary States Expected: ID, OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Potatoes, Hemp, Wheat, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

25 Projects with Approximate Funding Ceilings from $25M-$45M

Unlocking the Benefits of Regenerative Almonds: Partnerships to Develop and Expand Global Climate-Smart Market Opportunities through Grower Incentives

This project will promote the adoption of climate-smart and regenerative practices on California almond farms, including those operated by underserved producers, and expand market opportunities for climate-smart almonds through development of verified claims, business-to-business reporting, and supply-chain greenhouse gas quantification. This will support the development of a market-based mechanism for almond buyers and incentivize almond growers to adopt climate-smart practices. The project plans to provide incentives for almond grower adoption of cover crops, conservation cover, hedgerows, and whole orchard recycling. The project plans to develop a third-party verification and chain of custody system to support marketing efforts. And explore how to best leverage products as propriety brands or ingredient products sold to other food companies, or both.

Lead Partner: Blue Diamond Growers
Other Major Partners: Blue Diamond Growers, Cool Farm Alliance, Pollinator Partnership, Project Apis m, SureHarvest, Where Food Comes From, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Almonds

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000


Supreme Rice, LLC's Climate-Smart Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use Through the Adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Practices in Rice Production

This project will expand climate-smart markets and provide financial incentives for underserved and small-scale rice producers to reduce methane emissions through alternate wetting and drying irrigation and adopt other sustainable growing practices to reduce emissions and water consumption. Project plans to offer financial incentives for changing management practices and reducing perceived risk barriers. A multi-faceted campaign is planned to educate consumers and recognized participating producers.

Lead Partner: Supreme Rice, LLC
Other Major Partners: Supreme Rice, LLC, Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Rice Growers, Arkansas Rice Growers, Chicot Irrigation, Valley Irrigation
Primary States Expected: AR, LA
Major Commodities: Rice

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000


Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy

Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.

Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Primary States Expected: CT, KS, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, TX, VT
Major Commodities: Dairy

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000


Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, Expanding Climate-Smart Markets and Developing Brand Awareness

This project will use selected climate-smart agricultural practices to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities. The project plans to provide small-scale grain and specialty crop growers incentive payment for implementing climate-smart practices like cover crops, residue and nutrient management and windbreaks.

Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Other Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Primary States Expected: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000


Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project

This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Other Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, CA, CO, IL, IN, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, WY
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000


Portfolio of Partnerships for Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will help overcome climate-smart implementation barriers through investment and incentives, improve technical assistance capacity through community-based organization networks, build decision support tools for modeling/verification, and generate internal momentum for a market-based climate-smart sustainable food system embedded within resilient and abundant landscapes across Hawaii. The project plans to use a statewide producer engagement team to spearhead a phased approach to producer engagement and equity. It also plans to conduct comprehensive consumer and institutional buyer studies, develop a locally grown and climate smart communications and branding strategy in partnership with major institutional purchases, tourism industry, food hubs, retailers and distributors.

Lead Partner: Lynker Corporation
Other Major Partners: Hawai'i Producer Engagement Team, Hawai'i Cattlemen's Council, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, Hawai'i Farmers Union United, Teh Kohala Centger, Pacific Gateway Center, Forest Solutions Incorporated, Hawai'i department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and wildlife, University of Hawai'i manoa, University of Florida, Colorado State University, NRDS, Lynker, Transforming Hawai'i's Food Systems together, Hawai'i Department of Agriculture, Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai'i Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Taskforce, FarmLink..
Primary States Expected: HI
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Agroforestry, Breadfruit, Avocado, Beef, Sugarcane, Taro, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000


Alliance to Catalyze Transition Incentives through Open Networks for Climate-Smart Agriculture

This project will develop the systemic tools and approaches necessary to catalyze change by operating in three areas simultaneously: equipping and training Technical Service Providers for CSA implementation, creating transition finance incentives for producers, and developing a robust and self-sustaining marketplace for climate-smart commodities. A market expansion strategy is planned to leverage the partnership networks to expand purchaser commitments, develop transition financing models and a CSA connector and marketplace exchange to match buyers, funders and producers and implement community engagement and consumer marketing. ACTION plans to deploy at least 25 percent of Producer Incentive Program funds to Black and other underserved producers and include information sessions available at no cost and a website with detailed FAQ, info, and dedicated phone and email assistance in English and Spanish as well as materials and services available in the following languages: Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Punjabi.

Lead Partner: The Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, Inc.
Other Major Partners: CA Farm Demonst. Network, CARCD, CO Dept of Ag, Conservation Fund, General Mills, Grass Fed Alliance, Mad Ag, ME Soil Health Network, OpenTEAM, Organic Valley, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Potlikker Capital, Quivira Coalition, Rodale Institute, Stonyfield, Understanding Ag, Black Farmers Rising, CCOF, CFDN/RC&D, Food Solutions New England, IFT, ME Farmland Trust, NH Conservation Commission, Organic Trade Association, PASA, Quivira Coalition, Regenerative Rising, SAGE, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, TSIP, VT NOFA, CCOF, LiteFarm, Lundberg Family Farms, OR Tilth, Our Sci, SustainCert, The Organic Center, Carbon A List, Field to Market, FORA, James Beard Foundation, SAGE, Zero Food Print,AFT,FarmStack,Field to Market,National Young Farmers Coal.
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, PA
Major Commodities: Beef, Dairy, Wheat, Rice, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)

This multi-year project will pilot, test, and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to climate-smart markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.

Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Other Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Catlemen's Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities: Beef

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)

This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide climate-smart commodity (CSC) forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products. The project plans to work with Center for Heirs' Property Preservation and Women Owning Woodlands to increase the participation of underserved minority and women forest owners in climate-smart practices, dedicating five workshops for these two groups. Through the grant period, the project anticipates engaging 450 underserved landowners in South Carolina and at least 400 more in additional states. During the term of the grant, AFF and its partners plan to market the resulting, third-party verified climate benefits from participating properties not as carbon credits, but as climate benefits associated with wood products.

Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Other Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Primary States Expected: AL, GA, IN, KY, MD, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


Building a Climate-Smart Domestic Rubber Industry and a Solution for Growers to a Water Crisis

This project will expand natural rubber production in the Southwest with lowered greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in the region and for tribal stakeholders, and building a climate-smart rubber bioeconomy based on climate-smart and sustainable practices. This project plans to pay a per acre per year incentive, and fund planting, harvesting and delivery of the crop to the processing facility. The work proposed almost exclusively works with underserved and small producers, including the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Colorado River Tribes. The project aims to include marketing the rubber to Bridgestone, which is providing more than $35M in cost share to the project.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: University of Arizona, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Colorado State University, OpenET, Eight REgional growers, Tohono O'odham Nation, Colorado River Indian Tribes (Mohave, Chemeuvi, Hopi and Navajo peoples)
Primary States Expected: AZ, Tribal
Major Commodities: Natural Rubber

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast

This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that results in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise climate-smart oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina and develop related climate-smart markets. Project plans to provide technical assistance and direct financial climate-smart practice incentive payments or producer premiums for CS commodities. Partners plan to provide each underserved or small-scale producer participant a whole farm analysis enrolling more of their acres in working land conservation programs.

Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Other Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Primary States Expected: ND, SD, MN, IA, NE, MT, WY, WI
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project

This project will implement forest management practices with large commercial producers and smaller woodlot and Tribal owners to store more carbon in the forest, quantify the resulting carbon gains, and build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials. The project aims to include Climate-smart forestry practices like reduced impact logging, timber stand improvement thinning, maintaining legacy trees and brown ash as a component of New England’s forest, as well as favoring canoe-quality white birth to maintain cultural integrity and economy of First Nations.

Lead Partner: New England Forestry Foundation
Other Major Partners: Seven Islands, Weyerhauser, Wagner Woodlands, Baskahegan, Robbins Lumber, Pasamoquoddy Forestry Dept, UMaine, Nature Conservancy, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, Mass Tree Farm Program, Hull Forestlands, Heyes Family Forests, trust to Conserve Northeast forestlands, American Forest Foundation, Spatial informatic group, Innov. Natural Res. Solutions, Spritios Properties, Leers Weinzapfel Assoc, Quantified Ventures, Woodworks, Forest Stewards Guild, Mas Audobon, Our climate common, Highstead Foundation, Mass Forest Alliance, CT Forest & Park Assoc, Appalach. Mtn Club. Mass Woodlands Institute
Primary States Expected: ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool

This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce climate-smart fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate-smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.

Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Other Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State University Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Primary States Expected: CA, GA, IN, NC, MT, SD, TN, WY, NY
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets

A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture markets and practices for the eastern U.S. through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices including grazing, seeding grass and using soil amendments, that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency. The project plans to market climate-smart beef with the ultimate goal of launching a cooperative to sell climate-smart beef products.

Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Other Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch JointVenture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, IN, KY, MO, NC, SC, TN, VA
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Climate-Smart Cotton through a Sustainable and Innovative Supply Chain Approach

This project will expand climate-smart cotton markets and implement methods to restore soil and ecosystem health in cotton production through regenerative farming and best practices based on specific regions and needs. The project plans to create tools focused on small and underserved producers for communications, climate smart educational materials, outreach/educational activities, and engagement on farm for data collection and practice implementation.  The project plans to enroll women and minority farmers. The project plans to work with partners, farmers, and brands to further intensify and target cooperation with clients around the purchase and sale of climate-smart cotton, as well as the development of long-term strategies and agreements progressing the market for climate-smart cotton in a way which is economically sustainable for all value chain players – from farmer to consumer.

Lead Partner: Ecom USA, LLC
Other Major Partners: ECOM USA, Earthworm. Quarterway Cotton Growers, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, University of Arkansas Coop Ext, CIBO Technologies, Control Union, 5 LOCCotton, Product DNA
Primary States Expected: AR, TX
Major Commodities: Cotton

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Climate-Smart Camelina

This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems and build associate climate-smart biofuels markets. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.

Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Primary States Expected: ID, CO, KS, MO, MT, OK, OR, TX, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Camelina

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral

This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project plans 90 percent of participants will be small-scale producers.

Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Other Major Partners: The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Primary States Expected: AL, GA, MD, MS, OK, PA, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Beef

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


The GEVO Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program

The project aims to create critical structural climate-smart market incentives for low carbon-intensity corn as well as to accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the sector’s dependency on fossil-based fuel. This project includes an immediate market opportunity to sell climate-smart, low-climate-impact corn. The project plans to use existing relationships within the airline industry to secure offtake agreements for low-carbon intensity sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel purchasers. The project plans to establish an advisory council, which will include members from underserved groups, specifically focusing on gender equality and minority representation from the Native tribal organizations, to ensure project design and implementation adequately account for underserved producers and communities. Program materials, education and training are planned to be centered on minority-owned farms and the benefits of enrolling their farm acreage in a climate-smart commodities program; this project also specifically aims to enroll two historically underserved groups: women (majority female-owned farms) in southeast Iowa and southeast Nebraska and Native American tribal organizations in South Dakota, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Lead Partner: Gevo, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC, Google, Farmers Edge, EarthOptics, South Dakota State University, Regen Ag Labs, Yard Stick, Double H Ag Services, Farmers Edge, AgSpire, PrairieFood, Stine Seed Farm, Holganix, Trace Genomics, MidState Agronomy, Double H Ag Services, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Standing Rock (SAGE) Renewable Energy Power Authority
Primary States Expected: MN, SD, NE, IA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Corn

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West

This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.

Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Other Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Primary States Expected: CO, ID, IL, MT, NM, NV, UT, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program: Building a Multi-stakeholder Path to Produce, Market and Promote Climate-Smart Commodities Across the U.S.

This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities. The project plans to provide participating producers, mostly underserved producers, incentives for climate-smart practices like cover crops, reduced and no-till, prescribed grazing and soil amendments. Project plans to execute market and sales strategies of climate-smart dairy and egg products in branded Organic Valley products and in ingredients and bulk products.

Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Other Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Primary States Expected: CA, CO, ID, NM, OR, UT, WA, IA, IL, MN, MO, SD, WI, IN, KY, MI, OH, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


An Integrated Approach to Scaling-Up Climate-Smart Practices for Crop, Livestock, and Agroforestry Production

This project will focus on a training program about climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in conjunction with financial incentives for ag producers who implement the CSA practices. The goal is to expand climate-smart agriculture markets throughout Missouri and serve as a teaching model for other states. To better engage small scale producers, including underserved farmers, the project plans to offer 100 farmers incentive funds to create climate-smart fieldscape demonstrations including cover crops and regenerative grazing.

Lead Partner: The Curators of the University of Missouri
Other Major Partners: Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Center for Agroforestry, Lincoln University, MO Soybean Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Corn Growers Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Cattlemen’s Association, MO Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, EarthDance, STAR Program, ESMC, MO Departs. of Ag., Natural Resources & Conservation, U.S Geological Survey, MO Agribusiness Association, MFA Inc., MO Fertilizer Control Board, Kansas City Food Hub, FarmRaise, MARC-IV Consulting, Nestle-Purina, Show-Me Energy, Mid-America Biofuels, MO Prime Beef Packers
Primary States Expected: MO
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Cotton, Beef, Forage, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


Quantifying the Potential to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Carbon Sequestration by Growing and Marketing Climate-Smart Commodities in the Southern Piedmont

Aimed at the southern piedmont vegetable farming community, this proposal will utilize an interdisciplinary system approach including farmer adoption, understanding economic/social barriers, market/consumer buy-in, utilizing technology, and easing the burden on farmers. The results of the project will build climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increases carbon sequestration, and increase farmer economic opportunities and adoption of climate-smart agriculture.

Lead Partner: Rodale Institute
Other Major Partners: University of Georgia, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Georgia Organics, Emory University, University of Georgia, Soil Health Institute, University of Tennessee, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Primary States Expected: GA, NC, PA, SC, VA
Major Commodities: Vegetables

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


Climate-Smart Agriculture that is Profitable, Regenerative, Actionable, and Trustworthy (CARAT)

This project will enable partners to expand climate-smart markets and work with dairy producers in PA to implement climate-smart agriculture. An overarching goal is establishing successful and profitable partnerships between diverse producers, including underserved producers, and consumers, leading to a reduction of greenhouse gases, suppressing methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, and storage of carbon. The proposal plans to market climate-smart milk by utilizing the CARAT advisory board to connect with companies interested in purchasing greenhouse gas credits or climate-smart milk.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania State University- University Park
Other Major Partners: Center for Dairy Excellence, Proagrica, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Red Barn Consulting
Primary States Expected: PA
Major Commodities: Dairy

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


The Mid-Atlantic Conservation Innovation Fund Climate-Smart Commodities Project

This project will help expand climate-smart markets and address climate-smart plans and practices for hundreds of dairy producers and will provide an on-ramp and serve as a catalyst for additional state and private capital to bolster the implementation of whole farm plans.

Lead Partner: The Conservation Innovation Fund
Other Major Partners: Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, South Mountain Creamery, Stroud Water Research Center, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, TeamAg, RedBarn Consulting, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Primary States Expected: PA, VA, MD
Major Commodities: Dairy, Beef, Forage

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000


Building the Climate-Smart Wood Economy

This project brings together Tribal, small family forest, and nonprofit wood producers with data scientists and the design and construction industry to manage and restore tens of thousands of acres in Oregon. The project will quantify the positive impacts of climate-smart management on carbon sequestration, wildfire intensity, and cultural values, and will also build resources for project teams to navigate climate-smart markets for wood procurement through pre-design, design, and construction phases and support sale.

Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Northwest, EcoTrust, Northwest Natural Resources Group, Trout Mountain Forestry, Vibrant Planet, Intertribal Timber Council, Coquille Indian Tribe, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Yakama Nation, Puyallup Tribe, Nisqually Tribe
Primary States Expected: OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

22 Projects with Approximate Funding Ceilings from $5M-$20M

Growing the Supply and Market for Climate-Smart Grass-Fed Organic Dairy via Maple Hill Creamery

This project will expand climate-smart markets for dairy producers and enable a network of partners and producers to implement climate-smart practices by incentivizing implementation and providing training support. This will lead to greater environmental practices and enhanced viability for farms that implement them. The project plans to provide participants incentives for Avoided Conversion, Pasture Scoring, Training and Voluntary participation. Marketing plans include updated branding materials like packaging, advertising, social media and a website.

Lead Partner: Maple Hill Creamery LLC
Other Major Partners: Dharma Lea, LLC, Paul Harris Development, Stone Barns, Point Blue Conservation Science, DGA Dairy Grazing, Open TEAM at Wolfe’s Neck Center, Shannon O'Sullivan, K&O Farm, James Young, Amber Waves, Spring Weather, Serenity Acres Farm, Evening Star Ranch, Reginelli and Aeschlimann, Adam Tafel, Periggo Farm, Whole Foods
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Dairy

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


Growing Value for Producers

This project will create and pilot-test a farmer-friendly system that builds capacity with institutions interacting with a range of producers, including underserved producers, to support adoption of climate- smart practices and interact with commodity buyers in climate-smart markets.

Lead Partner: Winrock International Institute for Agriculture Development
Other Major Partners: Arva Intelligence, Blue Raster, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Riceland Foods Inc
Primary States Expected: AR, MO, Tribal
Major Commodities: Rice, Beef

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


National Pork Board's Advancing U.S. Pork Sustainability and Market Value Proposal

The goal of this project is to increase the sustainability of U.S. pork products by advancing climate-smart agriculture practices within the feed supply, thereby maintaining market demand and price premiums in a rapidly evolving consumer world. The geography of focus – Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – encapsulates a concentration of pork facilities supported by local grain production, representing a key region of the overall supply chain. Planned practices include cover crops, livestock integration in cover crops and manure management. The project plans to offer participants, including small-scale and underserved producers, free initial soil testing, technical assistance from partner agronomists, cost-share for practice adoption and tuition or scholarships for participating producers to attend advanced soil health training workshops through peer-to-peer networking.

Lead Partner: National Pork Board
Other Major Partners: National Pork Board, Nestle, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Ducks Unlimited, Trust in Food (Farm Journal), Farm Credit Council, Millborn Seed
Primary States Expected: IA, MN, MO
Major Commodities: Pork, Rice, Soybeans, Corn

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


Building Soil, Building Equity: Accelerating a Regenerative Farming Movement in Appalachia and the Southeast

This project seeks to build climate-smart markets and sequester carbon over thousands of acres of Appalachian and rural southeastern land through strategic recruitment from networks of producers. The project will use education, outreach, technical assistance, and incentivizing producers to adopt climate-smart agriculture.

Lead Partner: Accelerating Appalachia
Other Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technologies, Kentucky State University, Working Trees from Stanford University’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Carbon Harvest
Primary States Expected: GA, KY, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Row Crops, Beef

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


Forest to Home

This project seeks to convert industrial timber and traditional forest product manufacturing to a BIPOC-owned supply chain for residential/commercial construction. The project will educate early adopters in forestry, tribes, black, and rural communities on benefits of climate-smart forest practices to maximize carbon sequestration. Timber harvested will be used to build housing units for underserved communities.

Lead Partner: Forterra NW
Other Major Partners: Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Yakama Nation, Quinault Tribe of Indians, El Centro de la Raza, Abu Bakr Islamic Center, RJ Group, Aspect Structural Engineers, Gordian Knot Strategies, Sustainable Northwest, Zaugg and Whitehorse Timber, Snohomish County, Town of Darrington, Port of Portland, Roslyn Downtown Assoc, Town of Hamilton, City of Tacoma, Amazon, Microsoft, X-Caliber Rural Credit
Primary States Expected: WA
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and underserved producers. Elevated plans to leverage its marketing and branding expertise to pilot a climate-smart branding program for participating producers reach customers in multiple sectors from farmer’s markets to global retailers. Materials planned include branded stickers, bags and boxes, and social media promotion.

Lead Partner: Elevated Foods Inc
Other Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Primary States Expected: AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, KY, MO, MS, SC, TN, Tribal
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand)

This project will build climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.

Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Other Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Primary States Expected: CA, NY, NC, OR, WA, ND, SD,WI, IN, MI, MN, IA, MO, NE, OK
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000


A Vibrant Future: Pilot Projects for Climate-Smart Fruit and Vegetable Production, Marketing, and Valuation of Ecosystem Services

This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production using practices like tillage management, alley cropping, water management and soil amendments, in order to establish consumer-driven climate-smart markets for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices. The project aims to develop tools for marketing climate-smart commodities that will be suitable for specialty crop growers, and could be adoptable by the larger ag industry. This would include a consumer-focused “climate-smart seal” to be affixed to fruits and vegetables and/or traceable and tradeable “climate-smart benefits bundles (CSBB)” that growers can use in financial transactions.

Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Primary States Expected: AL, CA, FL, GA, LA
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


NCBA CLUSA USDA NRCS CSC Proposal Narrative – Puerto Rico

This project will lead a consortium of cooperatives, farmer organizations, and minority serving institutions in Puerto Rico that will offer financial incentives to underserved farmers to adopt climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices for production of coffee and other commodities, building climate-smart markets. The project plans to implement a wide variety of on-the-ground climate-smart practices including reduced tillage, strip-tillage, biochar amendments, and cover crops. The project aims to increase resilience for smallholders Puerto Rican coffee farmers, their families, and their communities by increasing the diversification of crops grown in Multi-story Perennial Cropping systems. Given that Puerto Ricans rely on imports for more than 85% their food supply, farmers’ ability to expand into citrus, plantains, bananas, cacao, and other crops for local and for home consumption would have significant economic and food security benefits.

Lead Partner: Cooperative League of the United States of America
Other Major Partners: Productores de Café de Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, National Co+op Grocers, Fondo de Inversión y Desarrollo Cooperativo, La Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Farmers Association, SustainCERT
Primary States Expected: PR
Major Commodities: Coffee, Citrus, Plantains, Bananas, Cacao, Lumber

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


SmartAgGro Pilot Program Provides Technical and Builds Partnership Markets to America’s Climate-Smart Farmers, Ranchers, & Forest Owners to Strengthen U.S. Rural and Agricultural Communities

This project will implement a scalable climate-smart marketing strategy to assist underserved farmers in Mississippi Congressional District 2 to adopt climate-smart practices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in production of beef and other products. This project aims to apply cover crops, low till/no till, nutrient management, buffers, feed management, grazing plans and manure management. The project plans to provide marketing training to participating farmers to help them develop marketing strategies and retrain higher farm-to-consumer margins by identifying both wholesale and retail markets and effective promotion and advertising. Partners plan to work with Historical Black Colleges and Universities to reach their networks of underserved growers.

Lead Partner: Vanguard (OTE) Consortium
Other Major Partners: Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Rust College, Mississippi Valley State University, Cindy Ayers, Amerimac Chemical Corp
Primary States Expected: MS
Major Commodities: Beef, Soybeans, Corn, Forage, Pork

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber

This project builds climate-smart markets for timber and forest products and addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted and the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). The project plans to invest in a new website and signage to educate consumers about the novel commodity and to provide project contact information. By listing projects with a carbon registry, public records will be available and will include georeferenced planting project boundaries, a description of the planting project including densities and species compositions, quantification of carbon benefits in mtCO2e, and records of third-party project validation and verifications. The project aims to work with multiple Tribes in the west and small producers and community-serving landowners in the south. At least half of the total grant funding is anticipated to be reserved for technical and financial assistance for Tribes, family forest owners, and county/municipal ownerships.

Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Other Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, MS, MT, NC, NM, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, WA, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


Industrial Hemp for Fiber and Grain

This project aims to expand climate-smart markets and remedy lack of available data on environmentally beneficial practices for hemp production by providing open-accessible data and training and enabling monetization of climate-smart practices through a pilot designation in a digital marketplace. Additionally, this project develops an inclusive workforce that specializes in implementation of climate-smart practices by engaging underserved producers and financially supporting them as they learn these practices. Project plans to provide participating underserved producers an incentive payment, technical assistance, input costs, transportation to processors, marketing assistance, and the revenue from the climate-smart hemp produced. Planned practices include cover crops and nutrient management.

Lead Partner: Iconoclast Industries, LLC
Other Major Partners: Cedar Meadow Farm LLC, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Stockton University, The Shaffer Group, Texas A&M University, Pecan Street Inc, CultivateAI, Florida Department of Agriculture, Green Ocean Sciences, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ganjanesh Bioscience, INDHemp, Global Hemp Association, 357 Hemp Logistics, SB Friedman Development Advisors, M4MM, Canndigenous, EntreVation LLC, Stillman College, Legacy Farms Group
Primary States Expected: FL, NY, TN, VA, WI
Major Commodities: Hemp

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy

This project aims to generate knowledge of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions for the Fischer Farms beef production system, to inform future business decisions, and to generate science-based marketing tools that will enable buyers to actively participate in climate-positive purchasing and eating decisions. The project will include livestock producers, and it will support Fischer Farms’ market expansion into other areas.

Lead Partner: Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC
Other Major Partners: Indiana University, Carbon Solutions
Primary States Expected: IN, IL, KY, OH, TN
Major Commodities: Beef

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale

This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding climate-smart markets and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.

Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC
Other Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West

This project will expand climate-smart markets for beef and implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across 13 states, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.

Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Other Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Primary States Expected: AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


Developing Climate-Smart Grain Markets in the Mid-South through Diverse Partnerships and a Farming-Systems Approach to Practice Integration to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate-smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple climate-smart practices to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local climate-smart market opportunity for direct sale, and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.

Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Other Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Primary States Expected: MS, AR, AL, LA
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


Sonoma Marin Ag and County Climate Coalition

This project will build on successful carbon farming and local/regional food systems partnerships across two counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose is to expand climate-smart markets, including a regional supply chain and innovative marketing campaign for climate-smart agricultural products. This will create a scalable, regional carbon finance program that is sustainable and scale implementation for the long term. The project plans to provide at least 75 percent of project costs for participants, with a special round of funding for underserved and small-scale producers. The planned marketing strategy includes producer stories, interactive marketing campaign, climate-smart badge and educational farm tours.

Lead Partner: County of Sonoma
Other Major Partners: Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin Resource Conservation District, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Carbon Cycle Institute, Sonoma County Department of Agriculture, Sonoma County Regional Climate, Protection Authority Marin Agricultural Land Trust, UC Cooperative Extension Marin, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma, MarinCAN, Marin County Sustainability Team, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Marin County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measure, Marin County Cooperation Team, Sanzuma, and LookInto
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Grapes, Fruit Trees, Vegetables, Beef, Dairy, Fiber, Aquaculture, Nursery stock, Specialty Crops

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice

This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS. This project plans direct incentive payment to producers for climate-smart practice implementation and identity preserved storage and potential crop premiums for producers who develop their own processing capabilities and markets. Planned practices include: alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigated rice, reduced burning of rice stubble, early incorporation of rice stubble into the soil, and various techniques for improving nitrogen fertilizer efficiency.

Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Primary States Expected: AR, CA, LA, MS, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Rice

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000


Sustainable Market Approaches for Regenerating Territories with Agricultural Goods in Puerto Rico

The project will support and empower smallholder coffee farmers in Puerto Rico to transition to climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices through identification of viable practices and support for their implementation on farms. The project will also account of greenhouse gas-related benefits and co-benefits throughout the supply chain and develop of a unique Puerto Rican branded climate-smart coffee label and voluntary program. This project plans to focus on implementing agroforestry and afforestration practices on working lands, application of biochar as a soil amendment and multi-story cropping.

Lead Partner: Caribbean Regenerative Community Development, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute, University of Wisconsin, Cafiesencia, DuPuis Group, University of Puerto Rico
Primary States Expected: PR
Major Commodities: Coffee

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000


Demonstration, Expansion, and Quantification of the Benefits of a Climate-Smart Commodity: Verified Regenerative Bison Products

The project will develop a demonstration program on tribal lands, implementing and expanding multiple climate-smart markets and practices in production of American bison, and will showcase the benefits of regenerative bison production to rangeland, ranchers, and climate. It will also create a new entity to maintain standards of regenerative bison production, track climate benefits and payment for those benefits through the supply chain, and establish consumer trust. This project plans to support planting riparian areas, transitioning from crop land to native grass for bison grazing and native grass inter-seeding of existing pasture. A bison markets specialist plans to focus on a full “hoof to horn” utilization to sell multiple products including specialty cuts, ground bison, hides and bone meal. A bison-specific verification program is planned to provide the basis for market differentiation and added value.

Lead Partner: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Other Major Partners: Frasier Bison LLC, the Earthshot Institute, Mad Agriculture, Eastern Shoshone Tribal Buffalo Program, Intertribal Buffalo Council
Primary States Expected: Tribal, Oklahoma,
Major Commodities: Bison

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,000,000


Reducing GHG Emissions and Improving Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential through High-Carbon Soil Amendment

This pilot project will support expansion of climate-smart markets and implementation of climate-smart practices to augment conservation Best Management Practices and generate reference data to support development of regionally optimized ecosystem services models. The geographic focus of this project (CO, NE, WY, MT) has naturally low basal soil organic carbon, which means greater sequestration potential.

Lead Partner: The Western Sugar Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Crow Tribe, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, University of Wyoming; Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center; Colorado State University
Primary States Expected: CO, MT, NE, WY, Tribal
Major Commodities: Sugarbeets

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $6,000,000


Scaling Up the Industrial Hemp Supply Chain as Carbon Negative Feedstock for Fuel and Fiber

This project will help with commercializing and marketing climate-smart hemp crops while driving soil carbon sequestration and climate resilience. The project aims to provide effective valuation and monetization of environmental services, including carbon dioxide removal via implementation of new genetics and management practices to increase sustainability of hemp as an annual crop in the U.S. The project plans to support small-scale, minority and other underserved farmers by paying producer license fees, incentives and seed costs. Partners are planning Climate-Smart marketing and technical feasibility studies.

Lead Partner: Lincoln University
Other Major Partners: National Hemp Association, Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Missouri Organic Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Oklahoma Farmers Union, ShowMe State Hemp Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Donald Danforth Plant Science Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Prairie View A&M Univ., St. Louis Univ., Southeast Missouri State Univ., Univ. of Missouri, Benchmark Design, Cquester Analytics, DTE Materials, HempWood, Midwest Natural Fiber, New West Genetics, REA Resource Recovery Systems, Rockwater, Renaissance Fiber
Primary States Expected: KS, MO, OK, TX
Major Commodities: Hemp

Approximate Funding Ceiling: $5,000,000

71 Projects with Approximate Funding Ceilings of $250,000 to Under $5 Million

Piloting Agroforestry in the Adirondack North Country: Producing Climate-Smart Commodities and Promoting Carbon Sequestration

This project plans to focus primarily on women-owned businesses and farming operations and develop a regional Adirondack climate-smart brand for marketing commodities as part of these systems. The project plans to support and monitor the climate benefits of three agroforestry practices: riparian buffers, cropland reforestation and silvopasture. Producers would receive technical assistance including tailored agroforestry plans and practice inputs such as tree seedling and shelters.

Lead Partner: Adirondack North Country Association
Other Major Partners: Interlace Agroforestry LLC, Mace Chasm Farm, North Country Creamery, Wild Work Farm, Sugar House Creamery, Barred Owl Brook Farm, Ananta Farm, Blue Pepper Farm, Fledging Crow Vegetables
Primary States Expected: NY
Major Commodities: Timber, Dairy, Sheep, Nuts and Berries
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $560,000

 

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Incentivizing Woody Perennial Growers to Establish Cover Crops in Orchards in Four Diverse Regions of the United States

Through this project, producers with orchards would receive financial incentives and technical assistance to incorporate cover crops into their operations. Project partners plan to help market these climate-smart fruits and nuts in areas that typically have less access to fresh food. About one-third of the project participants would be smaller-sized operations and partners plan to work to include minority owned orchards.

Lead Partner: Agoro Carbon Alliance US, Inc
Other Major Partners: Agoro Carbon Alliance, California Walnut Board and Commission, GO Seed, Padilla, FoodMinds
Primary States Expected: CA, WA, OR, MI, FL
Major Commodities: Fruits and Nuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,800,000

 

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb

The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Historically underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Primary States Expected: CA, IN, TX, MT and Nationwide
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

 

Improving Forest Carbon Sequestration and Storage by Establishing Supply Chains for Low-Quality Wood Material and Incentivizing Sustainable Forestry Practices

This project pilots an incentives program to advance sustainable climate-smart forest management and create additional low-quality climate-smart wood market supply chains. Nearly every participant would be small scale or underserved, who would receive direct payments for retaining larger and higher quality trees. The project's partners would market the resulting climate-smart commodities, leveraging their well-established working relationships with buyers who require the low-quality wood material.

Lead Partner: AMRO United Corporation
Other Major Partners: LBS Ecological, Green Fire Forestry & Wildlife Services, Future Forest Management, Craver Logging, Welch Logging, Sawtooth Forestry
Primary States Expected: NY, VT, NJ, MA, CT, PA
Major Commodities: Timber & Forests, wood products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,800,000

 

Climate-SMART (Specific Management for Arizona Resilience and Transformation) Agriculture Best Management Practices

Participants in this Arizona-based project would be paid to apply climate-smart practices that reduce pesticide and fertilizer inputs; reduce tillage, use diverse cover crop, rest pastures and use rotational grazing. The project would emphasize cross cultural knowledge sharing between Native American producers and other participants and would market climate-smart commodities through partnership networks.

Lead Partner: Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance, Arizona State University Kyl Center for Water Policy, ASU Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, University of Arizona; Local First Arizona, Duncan Family Farms, Pinnacle Prevention, Soil Health Institute, Northern Arizona University, Organic Trade Association
Primary States Expected: Tribal; Arizona
Major Commodities: Organic crops and livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture and Markets Amongst Socially-Disadvantaged, Limited-Resource, and Urban Farmers in Ohio and Michigan

This project would combine monitoring, outreach, and technical support to foster the adoption of climate-smart practices by minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers of Ohio and southern Michigan. It also creates synergy between climate-smart feedlot operations and socially disadvantaged farmers. Project partners plan to recruit minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers and selected Central State University students who would receive additional training on climate-smart agriculture.  Small-scale and urban vegetable farmers enrolled in this project would receive funds to cover part of their operating costs.

Lead Partner: Central State University
Other Major Partners: Ohio State University, A & B Porteus, Southeast Michigan Producers Association (SEMPA), Wilmington College
Primary States Expected: OH, MI
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,900,000

 

Climate-Smart Commodities and Market Development within the Chickasaw Nation: Restoring Power to Small Farmers and Communities Through Pecan and Specialty Crop Engagement

Participating farmers would receive incentives for climate-smart practices, including reducing chemical applications on pecan trees and conversion of pastures to multiple species of native grasses. Through this project, the Chickasaw Nation plans to work with native pecan aggregators to divide verified climate-smart native pecans from non-verified native pecans. These pecans would be sourced to sale for any industry interested in climate-smart pecans and to local consumers.

Lead Partner: Chickasaw Nation
Other Major Partners: Murray State College, Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association, Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Primary States Expected: Tribal, OK
Major Commodities: Pecans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,977,000

 

Launching The North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture

This project plans to work collaboratively with regional small and historically underserved producers to launch the North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The Hub plans to provide farm-to-fork integration through marketing and sales support for project climate-smart commodities by consolidating transaction costs, creating a one-stop shopping platform for buyers and a marketplace for growers to post and promote their products. The project plans to support producers in implementing a variety of climate-smart cover crops; no-till or minimum-till practices; nutrient management; enhanced efficiency fertilizers; planting for high carbon sequestration rates; and soil amendments. An incentive payment is planned to be offered for each producer implementing an advanced practice.

Lead Partner: Chico State Enterprises
Other Major Partners: Butte County Farm Bureau; North State Hulling Cooperative, Douglass Ranch; GRUB Farms; Chico State Organic Vegetable Project, Chico State Basic Needs Hungry Wildcat Pantry
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Almonds, walnuts, rice, tomatoes, peaches, prunes
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,800

 

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Primary States Expected: IA, MN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, WI, VT, VA, SD, ND, NY, NJ
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

 

Building Profitability for Underserved Producers with a Pipeline of Land Access, Regenerative Agriculture, and Market Development

This project aims to provide resettled refugees access to low- or no-cost land and technical assistance to create scalable and profitable agricultural small businesses through the creation of demand for commodities produced using climate-smart practices.  Project plans for farmers to use cover crops, buffer strips, improved wetlands, and other climate-smart practices. These producers would also receive technical assistance and engagement, translation assistance for non-English speakers, modeling of climate-smart practices, financial resources, and market access through partner organizations. 

Lead Partner: Dalla Terra Ranch Foundation
Other Major Partners: In Harmony Farm, Lutheran Services of Iowa Global Greens, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Small Farm Land Access Program, Iowa State University Agronomy Department, Iowa International Center, CultivateAI, Fareway Food Stores, Food Bank of Iowa, and Des Moines Area Religious Council
Primary States Expected: IA
Major Commodities: fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $271,200

 

Improving Access to Grazing Resources for Native American Farmers and Ranchers

Native American farmers and ranchers would receive technical assistance and education, and at least $1 million in direct payments to support the adoption of climate-smart practices like rotational grazing and planting of native grasses. Partners plan to assist participants with validating greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing climate-smart commodities, including creating marketable emission offsets or credits.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farm Journal Foundation, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute
Primary States Expected: Tribal, FL, MT, OK
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,925,000

 

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities

This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Primary States Expected: PA, VA, MA, SC, GA, FL, AL, CA, OR
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

 

A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Impact of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Soil Microalgae Consortium (Chlorella spp and Scenedesmus spp) as High-Efficiency Carbon Sequestration Model Plants: Implications for Climate Change and Soil Improvement

Industrial hemp for fiber would be cultivated and marketed in the southeastern United States as a high efficiency carbon sequestration and a climate-smart commodity crop. The project plans to provide financial assistance to small and/or underserved farmers to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative, LLC (NHGC) would engage industry partners to create markets for processing industrial hemp into several climate-smart commodities. While developing markets for farmers, the NHGC plan to buy all industrial hemp from all farmers during the duration the grant.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Alabama A&M University, Southern University, University of Florida (UF-IFAS)
Primary States Expected: AL, FL, LA
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,990,000

 

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture

This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Primary States Expected:  GA, FL, AL, AR, OK, TX
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

Foodshed Small Farm Distro and Resource Hub Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot

The Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot would generate economic opportunities and provide direct incentives to small and socially disadvantaged specialty crop farmers in San Diego County for improving soil health through compost application, reduced tillage and tree/shrub establishment and quantifying GHG reductions. Project partners plan to address equity by reducing barriers caused by language, and limited access to equipment and information.

Lead Partner: Foodshed, Inc
Other Major Partners: Community Health Improvement Partners' Farm to Institution Center, County of San Diego Department of Health, Southern California Resource Conservation District, Zero Foodprint, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and San Diego Food System Alliance
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Fruit, vegetables and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Preparing Wisconsin’s Farmers for a Climate-Smart Market

This project would advance climate-smart commodity market development by providing direct financial and technical assistance and incentives to support for implementation of climate-smart production. Minority underserved farmers who manage microfarms focused on selling products direct to consumer, through local farm to table restaurants or farmers market can develop a niche climate-smart milk market for selling healthier, higher quality milk at a premium.

Lead Partner: Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Inc
Other Major Partners: Wisconsin Farmers Union, Pheasants Forever, Outagamie County Land Conservation, Land Cares, Brickstead Dairy, LLC, Deer Run Dairy, LLC, Seven Oaks, LLC
Primary States Expected: WI
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,994,000

 

Reviving the Chestnut: The Climate-Smart Crop

Participants, including underserved and minority farmers, would be reimbursed for costs associated with establishing and initially maintaining carbon smart chestnut orchards. The project partners would promote the carbon reduction practices implemented through this project and market the specially-branded chestnuts produced by members as a premium “Climate-Smart” food that can reduce consumers’ impact on climate change.

Lead Partner: Georgia Alabama Land Trust
Other Major Partners: The University of Georgia Cooperative Agricultural Extension, Carbon Farmer LLC, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU), Pippin Farms, Ray Griffin, Willie Jones, Southern Farmers Collaborative Group
Primary States Expected: GA
Major Commodities: Chestnuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,980,000

 

Cover Crop Seed Production Grown with Climate-Smart Wheat

In partnership with Tribal leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, this project would provide financial and technical support to Tribal farmers to grow cover crop seed into wheat fallow systems with adequate precipitation. GO Seed plans to purchase the climate-smart cover crop seed from participating farmers and sell it to distributors removing a financial barrier to producers that would otherwise reduce participation in growing cover crop seed. Markets would be cultivated and expanded through existing relationships with millers and exporters. All wheat marketed would have a “Climate-Smart Wheat” seal on the purchasing paperwork.

Lead Partner: Grassland Oregon
Other Major Partners: Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR); Intertribal Agriculture Council; Northwest Grain Growers; Agoro Carbon Alliance; Ace Connect LLC; Soil Health Institute; Oregon Wheat Commission, OR Wheat Grower’s League; Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network; Shoshone-Bannock Agri-Business Corp
Primary States Expected: ID, OR, WA, Tribal
Major Commodities: Wheat; cover crop seed
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,722,000

 

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers

All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG) Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Primary States Expected: AR, GA, MO, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Organic Egg Project

This project would work with underserved, Amish and Mennonite producers to expand organic pasture-raised egg farming, inspire and educate consumers, and grow the demand for and expand the market for climate-smart egg products. Regenerative practices include manure and nutrient management, pasture enhancements, tree and shrub establishment and cover crops. Handsome Brook Farms plans to work with partners and retailers to develop labeling and sales opportunities to promote climate-smart organic pasture-raised eggs, a new climate-smart U.S. niche market.

Lead Partner: Handsome Brook Farms, LLC
Other Major Partners: Handsome Brook Farms, Costco Inc, Organic Voices, Grow Well Consulting, Curva and Associates LLC, University of Kentucky, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, NY Stern Center for sustainable business, Robinia Institute, Love Just Works LLC
Primary States Expected: OH, KY
Major Commodities: Poultry (Eggs)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,600,000

 

Recognizing the Role of Buffalo Production as a Climate-Smart Commodity 

Partners plan to distribute project funding to 76 Tribes to incentivize their use of climate-smart practices related to buffalo herds. The Tribal Buffalo Market Initiative (TBMI) plans to assist Tribes in marketing their buffalo as a climate-smart commodity, develop sustainable programs for historically underserved Tribal buffalo producers and create a Tribally led national strategy for education and outreach of buffalo as a climate-smart agricultural product.

Lead Partner: InterTribal Buffalo Council
Other Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Primary States Expected: Tribal
Major Commodities: Buffalo
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,950,000

 

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program

The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Primary States Expected: IA, KS, NE, IN, IL, MO, OK
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

 

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops

This multistate project will enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer will receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that will compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer will also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Primary States Expected: ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, TN, KY
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

 

Growing the Impossible: Climate Smart Commodities in Tribal Homelands

This project plans to provide technical assistance, training, financial incentives and business planning and marketing support for climate-smart commodities produced on tribal homelands.  This project plans to support climate-smart practices, including adaptive multi-paddock higher intensity rotational grazing which lead to increased soil organic carbon storage. The work is planned toalign with holistic Blackfeet-specific regenerative grazing strategies in direct partnership with Tribal land managers and individual producers.

Lead Partner: Piikani Lodge Health Institute (PLHI)
Other Major Partners: Piikani Lodge Health Institute, Blackfeet Community College, Blackfeet Environmental Office, Montana State University, Soils Lab, Montana State University, Buffalo Nations Food Systems Initiative, Montana State University, Native Lands Project, Animo Partnership in Natural Resources LLC, Montana Audubon, Western Sustainability Exchange, SciGaia, Crystal Springs and Flower Hill Institute, Chris Roper Services and Flower Hill Institute, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Primary States Expected: Tribal, MT
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative

The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Primary States Expected: MI, AL, LA, MS, SC
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

 

The Michigan Climate Smart Farm Project

This project plans to provide financial assistance to small scale and underserved producers as they transition to climate-smart commodity production using practices like cover crops, residue and tillage management, pasture/silvo-pasture establishment, feed management, forest stand improvement, wetland restoration and combustion system improvements. Producers are planned to receive a regenerative premium through selling climate-smart products in direct-to-market opportunities like farmers markets.

Lead Partner: Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Washtenaw County Conservation District; University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability; Michigan Department of Agriculture- Environmental Stewardship Division; Carbon Yield; Washtenaw County; The Soil Inventory Project; Monroe Conservation District; Lenawee Conservation District; Keep Growing Detroit; Wayne County Conservation District; Taste the Local Difference (TLD); Water Words that Work (WWTW)
Primary States Expected: MI
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,720,000

 

Biochar for Climate-Smart Farms in Missouri

This project would provide direct on-farm assistance and support to convert on-farm ag-waste into biochar, a soil amendment, for Missouri farms and measure and market the resulting climate-smart commodities. The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) plans to launch a pilot program to provide Missouri’s underserved farming community with access to the knowledge, machinery, and support needed to turn their on-farm waste into usable climate-smart farm inputs. MOA and partners would conduct a multi-pronged program to develop and expand markets for climate-smart commodities produced by participating farmers and producers. In turn, the marketing development team wouldprovide comprehensive and well-balanced coverage of marketing specialties.

Lead Partner: Missouri Organic Association
Other Major Partners: Missouri State University, Lincoln University, Five Star Family Farms Inc., Seidel Research and Development Company LLC, and Green Tribes Consulting LLC
Primary States Expected: MO
Major Commodities: Corn, soy and other organic and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,935,000

 

Building Whole-Farm Designs and Market Infrastructure to Provide Premiums for Climate-Smart Farming among Mid-Sized Agricultural Enterprises in the Ohio River Valley

This project plans to model and develop whole-farm carbon sequestration systems geared towards mid-sized polyculture farms that produce crops and beef. Farmers would receive a sign-up incentive, free technical assistance, and cost-share to implement climate-smart practices. Partners would include African-American food system organizers who would ensure engagement with minority, unrepresented, and socially disadvantaged growers. Partners would offer a Climate-Smart Beef product line to current retail and wholesale customers and provide avenues for grain producers to market and sell their products.

Lead Partner: Mt. Folly Enterprises Inc
Other Major Partners: Mt. Folly Farm, flagship farm, Eastern Kentucky University, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Rich Earth Grains LLC, Riverside Meats, Scott Shouse, Sourwood Forestry Consulting, Ale-8-1 Bottling Company, Skip Johnson, Doug Gurian-Sherman
Primary States Expected:  KY, OH, TN
Major Commodities: beef, corn, soy, wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

Innovative Beef Cattle Management in Utah’s Semi-arid Rangelands for Climate-Smart Outcomes and Commodity Market Development

Utah ranchers running small scale operations would receive financial and technical assistance to participate in an innovative grazing pilot project to produce climate-smart beef and establish viable and accessible cattle marketplaces.

Lead Partner: Multiplier
Other Major Partners: Utah Grazing Improvement Program, Three Creeks Grazing, LLC, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Landowners Alliance, Working Lands Conservation
Primary States Expected: UT
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

 

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program (National Black Growers Council: Black Cotton/peanuts)

In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with historically underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers a, providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, VA
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

 

Building Markets and Resiliency: Addressing Climate and Food Access with Northern NJ Livestock Farmers

This project would offer technical assistance and financial cost-share incentives to livestock producers to implement priority climate-smart practices, with higher cost-shares available to underserved producers. This project would provide increased business opportunities for underserved and small farmers to be competitive in purchasing land in a market dominated by corporate sprawl and development pressure. The plan for developing and expanding markets for climate-smart commodities through this project involves the development of a climate-friendly farm certification, a consumer marketing campaign, and the expansion of equitable food access.

Lead Partner: North Jersey RC&D Area, Inc
Other Major Partners: Foodshed Alliance, NJ Audubon (NJA), CLA Consultants, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)
Primary States Expected: NJ
Major Commodities: Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,574,000

 

Farmer Cooperative-Led, Partnership-Driven Project for Implementing Novel Perennial Cover Crop Species in Specialty Crop Systems and Integrating with Innovative MRV and Carbon Market

In this pilot project, producers would receive cost-share, technical assistance, capital investment and marketing support for using Oakville bluegrass cover crop in their commercial specialty crop operations. In addition to the creation and sale of carbon offsets, Oakville bluegrass plantings would give producers the opportunity to engage in climate-smart insetting, the practice of applying GHG offsets to one’s own supply chain.  The project partner would seek further underserved producer membership through co-op director Nav Athwal’s network of over 200 Punjabi American producers.

Lead Partner: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative, Columbia River Seed, Vitidore, Radix Evergreen, California State University Chico
Primary States Expected: CA, OR, WA, AZ
Major Commodities: Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

The Building Climate Success by Empowering Humans to Care for our Natural Resources

Through this project, tribal and other underserved producers would receive financial assistance for adopting climate-smart practices for livestock and pecan production in Oklahoma. Project partners plan to create tools and partnerships for enrollees to market climate-smart products, including the creation of a climate-smart marketing class session and other resources.

Lead Partner: Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Incorporated
Other Major Partners: Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC), the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project (OBHRPI), the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Conservation District, the Choctaw Nation Conservation District, and the Oklahoma Department of Forestry
Primary States Expected: Tribal, OK
Major Commodities: Pecans, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Incentive Program

Using incentives and technical assistance, this project would help farmers adopt climate-smart practices to improve soil health and water quality, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and promote wildlife habitat, connecting climate-smart commodity production with climate adaptation and GHG benefits. The farmers enrolled every year in the project are eligible to receive sufficient and compelling incentive payments for their participation and for verified climate-smart practice implementation. The project plans to draw on Organic Association of Kentucky, Inc. (OAK) and partner networks to engage small farms and underserved farmers. OAK anticipates half of the farms enrolled annually would be underserved farmers, including limited resource, beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, and many more would be small farms, operations with gross annual farm income under $250,000.

Lead Partner: Organic Association of Kentucky Inc
Other Major Partners: Aramark, Four Hills Farm, Kentucky Organic Farm and Feed Inc., Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Marksbury Farm Market, The Berry Center, Victory Hemp Foods, Organic Trade Association, The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Sustainable Food Alliance, Bullhorn Creative, Station Built
Primary States Expected: KY
Major Commodities: Grass fed lamb; grass fed beef; corn, soybeans and small grains; produce; dairy; agroforestry; hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,407,000

 

Sustainable Agricultural Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Through this project, underserved producers would receive financial and technical assistance for climate-smart practices including cultivation of hemp as a cover crop, and other rotational crop trials. The project plans to evaluate industrial hemp bioplastics, develop software to calculate the environmental impact of a new feedstock and identify climate-smart market opportunities.

Lead Partner: PlantSwitch, Inc
Other Major Partners: Ag Processing Solutions, Brian Furnish, Leistritz Extrusion, Extrusion Technology and Innovation, Plant Based Products Council, SmartFarm Innovation Network, Tillery Sims. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Virginia State University, Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Primary States Expected: VA
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,940,000

 

The Coalition for Food Security

The Coalition for Food Security (CFS) plans to implement climate-smart practices related to indoor hydroponic vertical farming and optimize environmental climate control management to create a voluntary climate-smart produce marketplace. This would incentivize greenhouse gas reduction practices along the vegetable supply chain through direct partnerships between underserved producers and corporate buyers, enabling small and underserved producers to sell their produce directly to corporations.  The CFS plans to design and market a franchise program to incentivize minority landowners and underserved producers to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices demonstrated at the pilot farm. In addition, CFS would provide internships to HBCU students to participate in our project and other franchise programs for graduating students to start agricultural businesses.

Lead Partner: Ponix, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Ponix, FoodChain Technologies, GTC 360 LLC, Center for Global Health Innovation, Fort Valley State University, Buds of Little Rose, Ed Farm, Slater Infrastructure
Primary States Expected: GA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

PVAMU Climate-Smart Farm Planning Program

This project will support historically underserved farmers in over 60 Texas counties as they adopt carbon-smart farm plans. This includes listening to the individual needs of farms to incorporate regenerative agriculture practices and provide technical assistance, financial incentives, and ongoing advising to help farmers develop regenerative agriculture practices. This project will also help producers market to down-supply chain purchasing partners that have placed value on regenerative agriculture.

Lead Partner: Prairie View A&M University
Other Major Partners: Prairie View A&M University, 100 Ranchers, Inc., Texas AgriForestry Small Farmers and Ranchers, the Landowners Association of Texas, Workforce Training and Development, Inc., and Cargill, Inc.
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,000,000

 

Climate-Smart Sustainability Certificate

The project would create the Climate-Smart Sustainability (CSS) Certificate to quantify the value of existing and newly adopted climate-smart interventions. The development of the CSS Certificate would substantially expand opportunities for climate-smart commodities and small-scale underserved and limited resources farmers. The project teams plans to connect with networks producers, processors, and Agri-Technology companies to help build out the market for climate-smart commodities. The data-backed CSS Certificate would provide a solution to value and document the carbon and environmental co-benefits embedded within purchased grains and other food crops so that buyers of U.S. commodities can certify GHG reductions within their supply chain.

Lead Partner: Prairie View A&M University
Other Major Partners: Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Michigan Aerospace Corporation
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Corn & Soy strawberry, edible soybean, radish and leafy green
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,997,300

 

Prince George’s County Climate-Smart Local Producers Pilot Program

This project plans to pilot, evaluate, and build a Climate-Smart Local Producers Program to address marketing products grown using a variety of climate-smart practices. The project will focus on reducing barriers to practice implementation on existing and new farms.  A planned marketing strategy that resonates with County residents, will combine the values of eating local, utilization of on -farm climate smart practices and woman and minority owned farms. The County will work with Bowie State University (a Historically Black University) to develop monitoring methodology and perform the analysis of greenhouse gas reductions and leverage the measurement and monitoring methodologies developed by the state of Maryland for several sequestration practices and supply chain impacts.

Lead Partner: Prince Georges, County Government
Other Major Partners: Prince George’s County Government Agencies and Entities, including Department of the Environment (DoE), Prince George's Soil Conservation District (PGSCD), Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC), Low Impact Development Center, Inc. (LIDC), Bowie State University, University of Maryland Extension
Primary States Expected: MD
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops and a Variety of other Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,250,000

 

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership

This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority.

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Primary States Expected: CO, DE, KS, MA, NE, NM, NC, PA, WY, VA and Tribal
Major Commodities: Barley
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

 

Waste to Plate: Building Circular Economies and Shorter Supply Chains for Livestock Reared on Regenerating Dryland Range with Organic Amendments

Quivira Coalition and partners plans to work with project participants to produce biochar and compost and them on degraded rangeland to enhance ecological function, carbon sequestration, and forage production Each producer would receive a stipend to support their time towards producing, deploying, monitoring, and communicating with technical support providers, host fees to support the workshop, and supplies. This project would provide direct technical support to help producers finish animals on grass, optimize carcasses for their particular customer base, and build the tools, such as an online shopping cart or a social media presence, for region-based marketing.

Lead Partner: Quivira Coalition
Other Major Partners: Reunity Resources, Trollworks, Wilson Biocha, Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, Good Meat Project, Polk’s Folly Farm, Kathryn Bedell, Creighton Robinson, Dixon Water Foundation, Weaver Ranch, Colorado State University, Dixon Water Foundation; Trilogy Beef Community; Roan Creck Ranch
Primary States Expected: AZ, CO, NM, TX, Tribal
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,536,000

 

Climate-Smart Chicken and Feed: Scaling Climate-Smart Grain and Poultry Commodity Production as a System-Level Climate Solution for the Midwest

This project would support poultry producers who follow diversified regenerative climate-smart grain production methods incorporating small grains, no-till, and cover crops, integrated agroforestry practices. Producers may receive payments to adopt a climate-smart grain rotation for at least three years and for Organic climate-smart chicken production. Producers would receive a premium price for chickens, paid by Tree-Range Farms. Multiple strategic partners including tribal nations, immigrant-serving organizations, and other community partners plan to promote the project with underserved producers.

Lead Partner: Regeneration International/Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Other Major Partners: Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA); Freshwater Society; Minnesota State University Mankato; Carleton College; Tree-Range® Farms; Makoce Agriculture Development, Oatly, Regenerative Agriculture Solutions, General Mills, Latino Economic Development Center
Primary States Expected: Tribal, MN, WI, IA, IL, SD, OK
Major Commodities: Poultry, small grain, oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

Increasing Farm Resource Efficiency by Utilizing On-Site Post-Production Food Byproducts into Innovative Fertilizers and Climate-Smart Commodities

Project participants would use innovative technology to convert crop residue into two high-value fertilizers for soil, foliar, or hydroponic use, and market resulting climate-smart commodities. Grower economic benefits include: premium pricing for carbon-smart commodities, reduced fertilizer costs, reduced water consumption and related costs, potential reduction in environmental regulatory compliance/fees (where applicable) and expanded marketing opportunities to Re-Nuble or local markets.

Lead Partner: Re-Nuble, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Helianth Partners, IPM Institute, Purple Thumb Farm, Kreher Family Farms, Blake Farms, Uncle Jerry’s Farm
Primary States Expected: NY, KY, MS, MI
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,697,000

 

Regenerative Agriculture and its Potential in Climate-Smart Commodities to Enhance the Sustainability of Underserved and Limited Resources Farmers in South Carolina

The project would use its regional extension centers and county extension agents to recruit small scale, limited resource and underserved farmers in South Carolina interested in adopting and implementing best management practices to grow climate-smart commodities, such as leafy greens and cover crops. The recruited farmers would be incentivized to adopt emission reduction, climate-smart and conservation agricultural practices to maximize soil health, and carbon sequestration. The project would establish local and regionally based small farmer cooperative to market the climate-smart cash crop commodities.

Lead Partner: South Carolina State University
Other Major Partners: Mixon Seed Services, South Carolina Black Farmers Coalition
Primary States Expected: SC
Major Commodities: Cotton & Peanuts, Leafy Green, Cover Crops (Turnip, Radish, kale, mustard) and other diversified crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,542,600

 

A Climate-Smart Strategy for the Michigan Foodshed: Nourishing Our Land, Farmers, and Rural Communities

The project would focus on beginning and women farmers growing wheat, dry beans, food grade soybeans and oats. Participants can receive payments for inputting and sharing data; increasing their Truterra tool score; receiving Advanced scoring in the Truterra tool; for taking unproductive land out of production and for expanding their food growing operation by piloting food grade oats. Star of the West plans topromote climate-smart commodities with its existing network of wheat, flour, dry bean, food grade soy and oat customers, including processors, customers and restaurants. The project plans to host strategic learning circles, field days, and climate-smart leadership trainings specifically for beginning and women farmers and engage beginning farmers by providing summer internships, working with Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters, college ag students, and the Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer program.

Lead Partner: Star of the West Milling Company
Other Major Partners: Michigan Agriculture Advancement; Artisan Grain Collaborative; Shiftology Communication; Hasenick Brothers Farm; Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Agroecosystem Research; Midwest GRIT; Van Buren County Conservation District; Wisconsin Women in Conservation; Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Primary States Expected: MI
Major Commodities: Wheat, Dry Beans, Food grade soybean
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

 

Climate-Smart Fiber Hemp: A Versatile Thread Connecting the Nation’s Underserved Farmers, Climate Change Mitigation and Novel Market Opportunities

This project would be a collaborative initiative to expand the production of industrial hemp as a climate-smart commodity, evaluate its greenhouse gas benefits (GHG), and promote the value of market development to a cross-section of production agriculture, including small, medium, and underserved producers across the state of Tennessee. Special efforts are planned to identify and recruit underserved producers (e.g. minority producers, women, veterans), as well as farmers from the nine most economically distressed counties in Tennessee and the 30 counties at risk for becoming economically distressed.

Lead Partner: Tennessee State University
Other Major Partners: Tennessee State University, Hemp Alliance of Tennessee, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, The Tennessee New Farmer Academy, based at Tennessee State University
Primary States Expected: TN
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $4,972,800

 

Permanently Reshaping the National Beef Herd through Grassroots Genetic Selection for Climate- Smart Outcomes

This project seeks to establish a new Climate-Smart Commodity – namely feeder cattle sired by bulls selected on the basis of reduced enteric methane emissions and associated beef products. Enrolled ranchers would be eligible to receive incentives for each purchase of cows and select breeding bulls that produce reduced CH4 emissions and are more feed efficient by consuming less feed. Calves from participating herds would be enrolled in an information management system which tracks the genetic, health, and production data of individual animals as they move through the beef supply chain. This would allow participating ranchers to differentiate their calves on the basis of Climate-Smart outcomes and market those calves to prospective buyers. Partners plan to enroll underserved producers and younger, first-generation beef cattle ranching start-ups to partner, mentor, and support.

Lead Partner: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M - Kingsville, Leachman Cattle of Colorado, Brahman Country Genetics and Brahman Country Beef, Zoetis
Primary States Expected: Nationwide
Major Commodities:  Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,730,000

 

Establishing Climate-Smart Commodities with Reduced Greenhouse Gas Footprints to Enhance Environmental and Economic Sustainability in the Texas High Plains

The goals of this project are to quantify benefits from these climate-smart commodities on a variety of producer field sites, estimate GHG footprint across the supply chain using COMET (carbon management evaluation tool), develop a framework to demonstrate socio-economic and environmental sustainability in the Texas High Plains and support a market for sustainably produced climate-smart cotton. Multiple producers representing 10 Texas counties have been identified within the categories of Hispanic, veteran, women, beginning farmers, and early adopters.

Lead Partner: Texas Tech University System
Other Major Partners: National Cotton Council, National Sorghum Producers, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) advisory board, No-Till Texas, Field to Market, Texas Sorghum Association, Groguru, Agri-Search
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Cotton & Peanuts Cotton, Sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,945,500

 

Expanding Opportunities for Evidence-Based, Climate-Smart Grassfed Beef by Enhancing Income Streams through Retail Food Channels and Carbon Markets for a Producer Network Spanning the Rockies to NE US

This project aims to expand the climate-smart regenerative grassfed beef market with market incentives for producers to address the regenerative cost differential, product promotion activities to increase demand at the higher premium-price, and participation in a carbon-credit project to pay producers for carbon sequestration ecosystem services. The project would employ a model-based approach to capture the soil carbon dynamics of grazing practices, which requires calibration with locality-specific measurements of precipitation, temperature, soil, vegetation, etc. for statistical validity and high confidence level. The project plans to develop a simple, low-cost program for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (MMRV) that farmers can easily and inexpensively administer to quantify management impacts on soil and biomass C stocks and GHG emissions for grazing land systems and climate-smart beef, employing on-the-ground measurement of soil carbon stocks, producer-sourced management information, and process-based models of grazing land carbon dynamics.

Lead Partner: TH Cattle Company, LLC
Other Major Partners: Western Sustainability Exchange, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Yard Stick, HowGood
Primary States Expected: AK, AZ, CA, GA, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, OK, SD, VT, WI, WY
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,467,000

 

Minnesota Climate-Smart Seedling Production Network

The proposed project plans to work with forest owners to grow a set of climate-adapted tree species resilient to the projected climate futures of Minnesota’s Midwest Broadleaf Forest, and monitor and market the climate-smart commodity. Producers would receive a payment for each tree seedling grown, in addition to assistance with start-up costs, provision of wild-collected tree seed, and cooperatively managed shipping and distribution of seedings. Seedlings produced as part of this pilot would bear a “Climate-Smart” label and would include native trees selected based on their projected climate capability. The project would provide free training opportunities about tree seed collection and seedling production market opportunities, paying a fair, hourly wage for participating tree seed collectors and provide start-up funds for interested producers, but for whom cost would be a barrier to enter the market.

Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Other Major Partners: University of Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Three Rivers Parks District, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Urban Roots Seedling Production: Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Red Lake Nation, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation: University of Minnesota-Duluth Market Access/Development: Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D)
Primary States Expected: MN
Major Commodities: Tree Seedlings
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,997

 

Validating Agrivoltaic Technology with Underserved Agricultural Producers

This project plans to pilot the climate-smart co-location of agriculture and solar power (agrivoltaics) to measure and evaluate greenhouse gas benefits and promote equitable climate-smart commodity market development for Hispanic farmers and ranchers. Partners also plan to provide direct financial and culturally-relevant technical assistance to participants for implementing agrivoltaic systems on their farms and ranches.

Lead Partner: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Other Major Partners: Purdue University, AgriSolar Clearinghouse, HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability, Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (TMBC), Starr County Industrial Foundation (SCIF), Hub of Prosperity, Zamora Ranch, Justice and Mercy Energy Services (JustEnergy), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), UTRGV Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement (SARA)
Primary States Expected: TX
Major Commodities: Beef & Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $2,229,200

 

Expanding the Participation of Marginal Producers and Landowners to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Practices: Continuous Efforts of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium

The project plans to support small-scale and other underserved producers in three states with financial and technical assistance to transform their traditional production into a multi-pronged agroforestry-based climate-smart, sustainable production system. All producers and landowners are planned to receive financial incentives to cover costs of inputs and services Partners will form a marketing network for labelling, packaging, and branding CS commodities.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Primary States Expected: AL, MA, VA
Major Commodities: nuts, specialty vegetables, fruits (apples, persimmon, berries), medicinal herbs, and meat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Improved Practices of Climate-Smart Livestock Production Systems and Agricultural Commodities while Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in the Southern USA: Innovating toward a new climate-smart commodity by investing in minority producers

The project would work with minority small producers to implement silvopasture systems and climate-resilient forage systems. Producers would receive incentives that enable their participation in climate-smart pilots and continued implementation, including reduced feed costs, carbon credit profits, and value-added products. Partners would create a mobile processing and marketing system to support the local, farm-direct meat production pipeline in a climate-conscious manner. The marketing pipeline combine farmers’ markets, local restaurants, craft butcher shops, and direct to-consumer approaches.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Mississippi State University, Alabama A&M University, Langston University, Widget Development & Trading Company
Primary States Expected: AL, MS, AR, TX
Major Commodities: Sheep and Goats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,081,100

 

Developing Capacity to Quantify Climate-Smart Practices in Cool Season Specialty Crops

This project would provide advanced, technical assistance in English and Spanish to underserved and small grower partner operations to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, plant cover crops and use soil amendments. Growers would receive mini-grants to monitor and report grower experience and conservation outcomes related to the implementation of proposed practices. Bilingual student Climate-Smart Ag Ambassadors plan to work directly with technical assistance staff and farmers to alleviate communication barriers and provide direct on-farm outreach to growers through field demonstration days.

Lead Partner: University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Other Major Partners: Huntington Farms, RCD of Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension, Agrology, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,990

 

Arizona Partnership for Climate-Smart Food Crops

The project would promote climate-smart food production practices including strip cropping, multi-story cropping and others for desert adapted crops within four agrisystems. Producers would receive payments for implementing and auditing these practices and for additional practices as well as technical assistance specialized based on culture, language and experience. Through its partners, the project create a climate-smart logo, brand guide and messaging for multiple audiences and marketplaces such as chefs/restaurants, grocery stores, farmers market, and online markets. The project  also plans to lease a commercial test kitchen for identifying culinary qualities of climate-smart crops, conducting consumer research, promoting a Desert Seed-to-Table program, and advancing retail market development and a consumer awareness campaign.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: Tucson City of Gastronomy, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Local First Arizona, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Primary States Expected: AZ, CO
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,782,300

 

Developing and Harnessing Climate-Smart Commodities from Hardwood Restoration for Small and Underserved Landowners in the Southern Bottomland Region

This project plans to focus on working with small scale and underserved landowners on marketing climate-smart wood products with support for bottomland hardwood afforestation and planting mixed hardwood oak plantations. Full technical and financial assistance is planned for landowners and demonstration sites. Partners plan to use a forest inventory system to monitor and assess tree stand structure, composition, and health status across the bottomland hardwood forests, and estimate carbon storage and evaluate indicator wildlife populations.

Lead Partner: University of Arkansas System
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) (lead), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Texas A&M University
Primary States Expected: AR
Major Commodities: wood products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,710,000

 

Commodities and Practices to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Pacific Island Agriculture and Forestry Systems

This project plans to market climate-smart commodities and achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in Pacific Island agriculture and forestry systems while improving affordable food and nutrition security of disadvantaged, at-risk, island communities. Partners plan to employ an inter-disciplinary, culturally sensitive approach when working with local farmers and forestry managers. Technical workshops are planned to showcase various climate-smart practices and underserved producers and landowners are planned to receive stipends for participating in the project. Partners plan to conduct market research to better understand emerging and untapped markets and customer’s willingness to pay (WTP) for climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: University of Guam
Other Major Partners: Renato, Ryan, Isagani, Jesus, Agriculture Research Station CNMI, Taiwan Farm, Happy Farm, Government of Guam, Island View, Meda, Bernard Watson, Katrina Reyes, Aguon Takai, Marlene Rivo
Primary States Expected: Territories
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)

The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants.

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Primary States Expected: AL, IL, IN, MO, IA
Major Commodities: Corn, vegetables and livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Cover Crop Utilization to Boost Anaerobic Digestion, Transform Chicken Litter, Enhance Soil Health, and Create Climate-Smart Commodity Pathways for Small Farms on the Delmarva Peninsula

The project would directly address underserved producers on the Delmarva Peninsula by promoting climate-smart cover crops as a feedstock for digestor facilities. Project partners anticipate these facilities plan to provide a per acre incentive for harvested climate-smart cover crop biomass making them more economically sustainable and allowing for several project partners to promote and distribute the climate-smart products. This project plans to focus on environmental justice especially in communities impacted by environmental hazards, social-economic stress and poor infrastructure.

Lead Partner: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Other Major Partners: Delmarva Land and Litter Collaborative, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, 2020 Farmers Cooperative, Millennium Farms
Primary States Expected: MD
Major Commodities: Poultry; Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Climate Resiliency for the Farm and Market Development: Economically Viable Low Carbon and Climate-Smart Practices for Soybean Farming

Team Climate-Smart Soybean plan to provide small/underserved soybean producers with sufficient incentives to encourage the use of climate-smart practices and participate in the development of markets and promotion of climate-smart soybeans. Participants would use cover crops, no-till, climate-smart soybeans, crop rotation, bio-fertilizers, and biochar. Led by an Hispanic-serving institution, project assistance would be provided in a culturally-relative approach.

Lead Partner: University of Texas at Arlington
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, University of Missouri, Tarleton State University
Primary States Expected: AR, MO, TX
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,991,400

 

Blue Carbon, Green Fields: Mobilizing Marine Algae to Benefit Sea and Soil in the Pacific Northwest

This project plans to pilot a mutually beneficial collaboration between aquatic and terrestrial farms in the Puget Sound region, revolving around the removal and reconveyance of nuisance seaweed for application as a Carbon-sequestering soil amendment. This product would be used on small, direct-to-consumer, specialty crop and diversified farms and the crops would be marketed to pre-existing regional markets that support demand for climate-smart commodities. Shellfish farmers would benefit from new revenue streams from nuisance seaweed, the value of improved shellfish health and seawater quality and the potential for new marketing opportunities and/or premiums associated with implementing a verified climate-smart practice.

Lead Partner: University of Washington
Other Major Partners: Washington State University, Viva Farms, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Baywater Shellfish
Primary States Expected: WA
Major Commodities: Specialty and Organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,865,100

 

ClimateSmartGoods.com - Set Your Table and Lower Your Footprint

The project plans toselect farms in Mississippi and South Carolina to demonstrate the implementation of conservation/production plans – “Smart Crop Plans”, supporting the creation of a corresponding knowledge-based training platform. Project partners also plan to provide professional marketing consultant to advise on packaging, branding and marketing of “ClimateSmart” products and connecting the products with retail and wholesale markets.

Lead Partner: Up in Farms LLC
Other Major Partners: Up in Farms, Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina, DRA Resources, Florida A&M University, Microsoft, NASA HBCU, Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Chulahoma's Garden LLC, BrightMa Farms, Piney Woods School, Warehouses 4 Good
Primary States Expected: MS, SC
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

 

Hispanic Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative

This project plans to work with Puerto Rico and Florida Hispanic pasture and forage farmers to diversify and increase production while managing climate-smart farming methods and quantifying environmental outcomes.  Project partners would address cultural and language barriers to provide technical assistance for implementing practices and marketing their beef in new revenue streams. Farmers with under 100 acres under management would be offered a higher flat fee per year.

Lead Partner: Victus Puerto Rico Inc
Other Major Partners: mano-Y-ola, LLC, Bien-Estar Agrícola LLC PR, Fundación Santa Elena de la Sabana Inc PR, Ponce Municipal Administration PR
Primary States Expected: FL; Territories
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,926,300

 

Grazing Regeneratively for Appalachian Sustainable Solutions

Underserved farmers would receive financial and technical assistance to support the transition from typical livestock systems management to climate-smart practices. Practices implemented include land management plans, prescribed grazing, bale grazing, native grass and silvopasture establishment, incorporation of legumes and non-leguminous forbs, and use of traditional and novel soil amendments, such as biochar. The project would provide producers with marketing assistancefor grass-fed beef products as long as producers meet required criteria of certifications and product quality.

Lead Partner: West Virginia University Research Corporation
Other Major Partners: West Virginia University (WVU), Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, West Virginia State University, The West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), The Soil and Water Conservation Division of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (VaDCR-SWCD), Hickory Nut Gap (HNG)
Primary States Expected: WV, VA
Major Commodities: Beef 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,795,300

 

Northern New Mexico Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

The Northern NM Climate-Smart Working Lands Hub plans to empower New Mexico Latino and underserved beef and pork producers and their trusted partners to collectively develop, implement, monitor, quantify and broker climate-smart livestock projects. Participants would benefit from reduced transaction costs and retaining more value of their goods and services in local communities. Through partnerships, the project would provide expertise on data collection and analysis and provide highly skilled sampling teams. The project would provide participants culturally-relevant technical assistance and assistance with entering and navigating the ecosystem service marketplace.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, National Latinos Farmers and Ranchers
Primary States Expected: NM
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,800

 

Southwest Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

The Southwest Climate-Smart Working Lands Hub plans to empower Southwest tribal beef and pork producers and their trusted partners to collectively develop, implement, monitor, quantify and broker climate-smart livestock projects. Participants would benefit from reduced transaction costs and retaining more value of their goods and services in local communities. Through partnerships, the project would provide expertise on data collection and analysis and provide highly skilled sampling teams. The project would provide participants culturally-relevant technical assistance and assistance with entering and navigating the ecosystem service marketplace.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, Indian Nations Conservation Alliance
Primary States Expected: Tribal; AZ, NM, OK
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,997,900

 

Colorado Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network

Participating producers would receive financial assistance for implementing climate-smart practices in beef production and monitoring project outcomes. The project would model a successful, durable, and transferable climate-smart commodities market model to regenerate working landscapes.

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers, Central Colorado Conservancy
Primary States Expected: CO
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,960

 

Southeast Arkansas Agricultural Cooperative and Multicultural Education Initiative

This project plans to provide a market platform for rice growers producing premium rice that is certified sustainably grown. Participating farmers may earn a premium and save in variable crop expenses. This project plans to establish an agricultural apprenticeship at a minority serving institution, increase the supply of climate-smart rice, and promote climate-smart practices through education and demonstration. This project would use a “whole farm” approach to climate-smart management with a specific emphasis on quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in rice production.

Lead Partner: Whitaker Grain
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, RiceTec, Ducks Unlimited
Primary States Expected: AR
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

 

Native Food Crops for Innovative Climate-Smart Production Models and Supply Chains – The Case of Blue Elderberry in the West

The project aims to assist early-adopter Tribal, underserved and small-scale producers to successfully produce a marketable elderberry crop from perennial planting, measure carbon sequestration and develop local processing capacity. Producers would receive an incentive payment per linear foot of elderberry planting, to cover the costs of establishment, maintenance, and the implementation of the additional suite of climate-smart agriculture practices.  The project would identify potential sales channels (including local direct sales, value-added products, sales to identified and potential companies/distributors/brands, and Indigenous tribal communities), provide processing capabilities, and develop marketing materials.

Lead Partner: White Buffalo Land Trust
Other Major Partners: Jalama Canyon Ranch; Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Wild Farmlands Foundation; Orella Ranch, and The Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO)- Camp 4. The two outreach and advisory partners are Community Environmental Council and The Regents of the University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources (e.g. UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program)
Primary States Expected: CA
Major Commodities: Elderberries, Beef and Livestock (Silvopasture systems)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,633,900

 

Activating Food Hub Networks for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Rural Revitalization

This project promotes climate-smart agriculture practices among small and underserved producers, including tribal producers, principally by equipping food hubs to finance and advise on-farm climate-smart practice implementation and marketing to wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. Participating farmers, who would receive technical assistance and training, would implement intensive rotational grazing; multispecies cover crops, crop rotation and reduced tillage/no-till; compost and biochar.

Lead Partner: Working Landscapes
Other Major Partners: North Carolina State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina A&T State University (BCU) Cooperative Extension, Resourceful Communities Partnership of the Conservation Fund, Croatan Institute, Haliwa Saponi Tribe, Weaver Street Market, Fruitful Innovation Group, Bender Farms, CEFS North Carolina 10% Campaign, Lumbee Farmers Cooperative (representing four Native American farmers), Davis Farms Sandy Creek (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Hunt’s Farm (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Bender Farms (small produce and row crop farm), Fourtee Acres (an African-American owned produce, row crop, and timber farm), Working Landscapes, Farmer Foodshare, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Men & Women United, TRACTOR
Primary States Expected: NC
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

 

Creating Climate-Smart Commodities through Enhanced Rock Weathering in Agricultural Settings

Project participants would use basalt dust instead of agricultural lime to increase soil pH through a method known as Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), which speeds up a natural carbon sequestration process. Project funds would be used to cover all material, application, and monitoring costs for farmers as well as developing markets for the low-carbon carbon smart commodities grown by participating farmers. The project plans to determine the extent to which this process can increase crop yields, reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), and decrease fertilizer and lime costs, much of which may benefit underserved agricultural producers at a time of record high input costs and increasing economic pressures.

Lead Partner: Yale University
Other Major Partners: Yale University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Grodan, Agoro Carbon Alliance, Black Oaks Center, The Land Connection, Zumwalt Acres, Farm Foundation, Carolina Sunrock, Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC), American Peanut Council (APC)
Primary States Expected: CT, GA, IL
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,898,700

Projects by State

Alaska

Expanding Opportunities for Evidence-Based, Climate-Smart Grassfed Beef by Enhancing Income Streams through Retail Food Channels and Carbon Markets for a Producer Network Spanning the Rockies to NE US

This project aims to expand the climate-smart regenerative grassfed beef market with market incentives for producers to address the regenerative cost differential, product promotion activities to increase demand at the higher premium-price, and participation in a carbon-credit project to pay producers for carbon sequestration ecosystem services. The project would employ a model-based approach to capture the soil carbon dynamics of grazing practices, which requires calibration with locality-specific measurements of precipitation, temperature, soil, vegetation, etc. for statistical validity and high confidence level. The project plans to develop a simple, low-cost program for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (MMRV) that farmers can easily and inexpensively administer to quantify management impacts on soil and biomass C stocks and GHG emissions for grazing land systems and climate-smart beef, employing on-the-ground measurement of soil carbon stocks, producer-sourced management information, and process-based models of grazing land carbon dynamics.

Lead Partner: TH Cattle Company, LLC
Other Major Partners: Western Sustainability Exchange, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Yard Stick, HowGood
Primary States Expected: AK, AZ, CA, GA, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, OK, SD, VT, WI WY
Major Commodities:  Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,467,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb

The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Primary States Expected: CA, IN, TX, MT and Nationwide
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Alabama

A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Impact of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Soil Microalgae Consortium (Chlorella spp and Scenedesmus spp) as High-Efficiency Carbon Sequestration Model Plants: Implications for Climate Change and Soil Improvement
Industrial hemp for fiber would be cultivated and marketed in the southeastern United States as a high efficiency carbon sequestration and a climate-smart commodity crop. The project plans to provide financial assistance to small and/or underserved farmers to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative, LLC (NHGC) would engage industry partners to create markets for processing industrial hemp into several climate-smart commodities. While developing markets for farmers, the NHGC plan to buy all industrial hemp from all farmers during the duration the grant.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Alabama A&M University, Southern University, University of Florida (UF-IFAS)
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,990,000

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture
This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

Expanding the Participation of Marginal Producers and Landowners to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Practices: Continuous Efforts of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium
The project plans to support small-scale and other underserved producers in three states with financial and technical assistance to transform their traditional production into a multi-pronged agroforestry-based climate-smart, sustainable production system. All producers and landowners are planned to receive financial incentives to cover costs of inputs and services. Partners plan to form a marketing network for labelling, packaging, and branding climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Major Commodities: nuts, specialty vegetables, fruits (apples, persimmon, berries), medicinal herbs, and meat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Improved Practices of Climate-Smart Livestock Production Systems and Agricultural Commodities while Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in the Southern USA: Innovating toward a new climate-smart commodity by investing in minority producers
The project plans to work with minority small producers to implement silvopasture systems and climate-resilient forage systems. Producers would receive incentives that enable their participation in climate-smart pilots and continued implementation, including reduced feed costs, carbon credit profits, and value-added products. Partners would create a mobile processing and marketing system to support the local, farm-direct meat production pipeline in a climate-conscious manner. The marketing pipeline combine farmers’ markets, local restaurants, craft butcher shops, and direct to-consumer approaches.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Mississippi State University, Alabama A&M University, Langston University, Widget Development & Trading Company
Major Commodities: Sheep and Goats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,081,100

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)
The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants.  

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Major Commodities: Corn, Vegetables and Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers , providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Primary States Expected: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, VA
Major Commodities:  Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities
This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative
The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, ForAt Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

A vibrant future: Pilot projects for climate-smart fruit and vegetable production, marketing, and valuation of ecosystem services --This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production in order to establish a consumer-driven, climate-smart market for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association.
Major Partners: International Fresh Produce Association, University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate-smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


Climate-smart (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets -- A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000


Developing climate-smart grain markets in the Mid-South through diverse partnerships and a farming-systems approach to practice integration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.--This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate-smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple CS practices to achieve Green House Gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local market opportunity for direct sale and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.
Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000


Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000


Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral--This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of Climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project will also support farmers in protecting their land through permanent easements to help ensure that the soil health and climate benefits from those practices continue far into the future.
Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Major Partners: American Farmland Trust, The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000


Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000


The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000


The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000


TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000


Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000


U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Arkansas

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture
This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

Climate Resiliency for the Farm and Market Development: Economically Viable Low Carbon and Climate-Smart Practices for Soybean Farming
Team Climate-Smart Soybean plan to provide small/underserved soybean producers with sufficient incentives to encourage the use of climate-smart practices and participate in the development of markets and promotion of climate-smart soybeans. Participants would use cover crops, no-till, climate-smart soybeans, crop rotation, bio-fertilizers, and biochar. Led by a Hispanic-serving institution, project assistance would be provided in a culturally-relative approach.
 
Lead Partner: University of Texas at Arlington
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, University of Missouri, Tarleton State University
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,991,400

Developing and Harnessing Climate-Smart Commodities from Hardwood Restoration for Small and Underserved Landowners in the Southern Bottomland Region
This project plans to focus on working with small scale and underserved landowners on marketing climate-smart wood products with support for bottomland hardwood afforestation and planting mixed hardwood oak plantations. Full technical and financial assistance is planned for landowners and demonstration sites. Partners plan to use a forest inventory system to monitor and assess tree stand structure, composition, and health status across the bottomland hardwood forests, and estimate carbon storage and evaluate indicator wildlife populations. 

Lead Partner: University of Arkansas System
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) (lead), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Texas A&M University
Major Commodities: Wood Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,710,000

Improved Practices of Climate-Smart Livestock Production Systems and Agricultural Commodities while Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in the Southern USA: Innovating toward a new climate-smart commodity by investing in minority producers
The project plans to work with minority small producers to implement silvopasture systems and climate-resilient forage systems. Producers would receive incentives that enable their participation in climate-smart pilots and continued implementation, including reduced feed costs, carbon credit profits, and value-added products. Partners would create a mobile processing and marketing system to support the local, farm-direct meat production pipeline in a climate-conscious manner. The marketing pipeline combine farmers’ markets, local restaurants, craft butcher shops, and direct to-consumer approaches.  

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Mississippi State University, Alabama A&M University, Langston University, Widget Development & Trading Company
Major Commodities: Sheep and Goats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,081,100

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers
All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG)Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA),"
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers , providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Southeast Arkansas Agricultural Cooperative and Multicultural Education Initiative
This project plans to provide a market platform for rice growers producing premium rice that is certified sustainably grown. Participating farmers may earn a premium and save in variable crop expenses. This project plans to establish an agricultural apprenticeship at a minority serving institution, increase the supply of climate-smart rice, and promote climate-smart practices through education and demonstration. This project would use a “whole farm” approach to climate-smart management with a specific emphasis on quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in rice production.

Lead Partner: Whitaker Grain
Other Major Partners: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, RiceTec, Ducks Unlimited
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice--This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS.
Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Smart Cotton through a Sustainable & Innovative Supply Chain Approach --This project will implement methods to restore soil and ecosystem health in cotton production through regenerative farming and best practices based on specific regions and needs.
Lead Partner: Ecom USA, LLC
Major Partners: ECOM USA, Earthworm. Quarterway Cotton Growers, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, University of Arkansas Coop Ext, CIBO Technologies, Control Union, 5 LOCCotton, Product DNA
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets --A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Developing climate-smart grain markets in the Mid-South through diverse partnerships and a farming-systems approach to practice integration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.--This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple CS practices to achieve Green House Gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local market opportunity for direct sale and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.
Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Growing Value for Producers --This project will create and pilot-test a farmer-friendly system that builds capacity with institutions interacting with a range of producers, including underserved producers, to support adoption of climate smart practices and interact with commodity buyers in climate-smart markets.
Lead Partner: Winrock International Institute for Agriculture Development
Major Partners: Arva Intelligence, Blue Raster, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Riceland Foods Inc
Major Commodities: Rice, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities--This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support historically underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future.
Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Partnership: Supporting Agricultural Producers at All Scales to Deliver Productivity, Market Opportunities, and Enhanced Soil, Water, and Climate Benefits--This project will build climate-smart markets for a variety of agricutural commodities and help to make adopting climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices more economically viable for producers by compensating them at a rate that guarantees and reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs..
Lead Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major Partners: Rural Partnership to Protect the Environment (RIPE), Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, North Dakota Farmers Union, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Assoc., Natl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Black Growers Council, Sustainable Food Lab, Environmental Initiative, and Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
Major Commodities: Corn, Rice, Beef, Pork, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Supreme Rice, LLC's Climate-Smart Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use Through the Adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Practices in Rice Production--This project will expand climate-smart markets and provide financial incentives for rice producers to reduce methane emissions through alternate wetting and drying irrigation and adopt other sustainable growing practices to reduce emissions and water consumption.
Lead Partner: Supreme rice, LLC
Major Partners: Supreme Rice, LLC, Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Rice Growers, Arkansas Rice Growers, Chicot Irrigation, Valley Irrigation
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Arizona

Arizona Partnership for Climate-Smart Food Crops
The project would promote climate-smart food production practices including strip cropping, multi-story cropping and others for desert adapted crops within four agrisystems. Producers would receive payments for implementing and auditing these practices and for additional practices as well as technical assistance specialized based on culture, language and experience. Through its partners, the project creates a climate-smart logo, brand guide and messaging for multiple audiences and marketplaces such as chefs/restaurants, grocery stores, farmers market, and online markets. The project also plans to lease a commercial test kitchen for identifying culinary qualities of climate-smart crops, conducting consumer research, promoting a Desert Seed-to-Table program, and advancing retail market development and a consumer awareness campaign.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: Tucson City of Gastronomy , Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Local First Arizona, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,782,300

Climate-SMART (Specific Management for Arizona Resilience and Transformation) Agriculture Best Management Practices
Participants in this Arizona-based project would be paid to apply climate-smart practices that reduce pesticide and fertilizer inputs; reduce tillage, use diverse cover crop, rest pastures and use rotational grazing. The project would emphasize cross cultural knowledge sharing between Native American producers and other participants and would market climate-smart commodities through partnership networks.

Lead Partner: Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance, Arizona State University Kyl Center for Water Policy, ASU Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, University of Arizona; Local First Arizona, Duncan Family Farms, Pinnacle Prevention, Soil Health Institute, Northern Arizona University, Organic Trade Association
Major Commodities: Organic crops and livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

Expanding Opportunities for Evidence-Based, Climate-Smart Grassfed Beef by Enhancing Income Streams through Retail Food Channels and Carbon Markets for a Producer Network Spanning the Rockies to NE US
This project aims to expand the climate-smart regenerative grassfed beef market with market incentives for producers to address the regenerative cost differential, product promotion activities to increase demand at the higher premium-price, and participation in a carbon-credit project to pay producers for carbon sequestration ecosystem services. The project would employ a model-based approach to capture the soil carbon dynamics of grazing practices, which requires calibration with locality-specific measurements of precipitation, temperature, soil, vegetation, etc. for statistical validity and high confidence level. The project plans to develop a simple, low-cost program for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (MMRV) that farmers can easily and inexpensively administer to quantify management impacts on soil and biomass C stocks and GHG emissions for grazing land systems and climate-smart beef, employing on-the-ground measurement of soil carbon stocks, producer-sourced management information, and process-based models of grazing land carbon dynamics.

Lead Partner: TH Cattle Company, LLC
Other Major Partners: Western Sustainability Exchange, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Yard Stick, HowGood
Major Commodities: Beef & Livestock Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,467,000

Farmer Cooperative-Led, Partnership-Driven Project for Implementing Novel Perennial Cover Crop Species in Specialty Crop Systems and Integrating with Innovative MRV and Carbon Market
In this pilot project, producers would receive cost-share, technical assistance, capital investment and marketing support for using Oakville bluegrass cover crop in their commercial specialty crop operations. In addition to the creation and sale of carbon offsets, Oakville bluegrass plantings would give producers the opportunity to engage in climate-smart insetting, the practice of applying GHG offsets to one’s own supply chain.  The project partner would seek further underserved producer membership through co-op director Nav Athwal’s network of over 200 Punjabi American producers.

Lead Partner: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative, Columbia River Seed, Vitidore, Radix Evergreen, California State University Chico
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Historically underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Southwest Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network
The Southwest Climate-Smart Working Lands Hub plans to empower Southwest tribal beef and pork producers and their trusted partners to collectively develop, implement, monitor, quantify and broker climate-smart livestock projects. Participants would benefit from reduced transaction costs and retaining more value of their goods and services in local communities. Through partnerships, the project would provide expertise on data collection and analysis and provide highly skilled sampling teams. The project would provide participants culturally-relevant technical assistance and assistance with entering and navigating the ecosystem service marketplace.  

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, Indian Nations Conservation Alliance
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,997,900

Waste to Plate: Building Circular Economies and Shorter Supply Chains for Livestock Reared on Regenerating Dryland Range with Organic Amendments
Quivira Coalition and partners plans to work with project participants to produce biochar and compost and them on degraded rangeland to enhance ecological function, carbon sequestration, and forage production Each producer would receive a stipend to support their time towards producing, deploying, monitoring, and communicating with technical support providers, host fees to support the workshop, and supplies. This project would provide direct technical support to help producers finish animals on grass, optimize carcasses for their particular customer base, and build the tools, such as an online shopping cart or a social media presence, for region-based marketing. 

Lead Partner: Quivira Coalition 
Other Major Partners: Reunity Resources, Trollworks, Wilson Biocha, Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, Good Meat Project, Polk’s Folly Farm, Kathryn Bedell, Creighton Robinson, Dixon Water Foundation, Weaver Ranch, Colorado State University, Dixon Water Foundation; Trilogy Beef Community; Roan Creck Ranch 
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,536,000

Building a Climate Smart Domestic Rubber Industry and a Solution for Growers to a Water Crisis--This project will expand natural rubber production in the Southwest with lowered greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in the region and for tribal stakeholders and building a rubber bioeconomy based on climate-smart and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Major Partners: University of Arizona, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Colorado State University, OpenET, Eight REgional growers, Tohono O'odham Nation, Colorado River indian Tribes (Mohave, Chemeuvi, Hopi and Navajo peoples)
Major Commodities: Natural Rubber
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

California

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Incentivizing Woody Perennial Growers to Establish Cover Crops in Orchards in Four Diverse Regions of the United States
Through this project, producers with orchards would receive financial incentives and technical assistance to incorporate cover crops into their operations. Project partners plan to help market these climate-smart fruits and nuts in areas that typically have less access to fresh food. About one-third of the project participants would be smaller-sized operations and partners plan to work to include minority owned orchards.

Lead Partner: Agoro Carbon Alliance US, Inc
Other Major Partners: Agoro Carbon Alliance, California Walnut Board and Commission, GO Seed, Padilla, FoodMinds
Major Commodities: Fruits and Nuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,800,000

Developing Capacity to Quantify Climate-Smart Practices in Cool Season Specialty Crops
This project would provide advanced, technical assistance in English and Spanish to underserved and small grower partner operations to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use, plant cover crops and use soil amendments. Growers would receive mini-grants to monitor and report grower experience and conservation outcomes related to the implementation of proposed practices. Bilingual student Climate-Smart Ag Ambassadors plan to work directly with technical assistance staff and farmers to alleviate communication barriers and provide direct on-farm outreach to growers through field demonstration days.

Lead Partner: University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Other Major Partners: Huntington Farms, RCD of Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension, Agrology, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,990

Expanding Opportunities for Evidence-Based, Climate-Smart Grassfed Beef by Enhancing Income Streams through Retail Food Channels and Carbon Markets for a Producer Network Spanning the Rockies to NE US

This project aims to expand the climate-smart regenerative grassfed beef market with market incentives for producers to address the regenerative cost differential, product promotion activities to increase demand at the higher premium-price, and participation in a carbon-credit project to pay producers for carbon sequestration ecosystem services. The project would employ a model-based approach to capture the soil carbon dynamics of grazing practices, which requires calibration with locality-specific measurements of precipitation, temperature, soil, vegetation, etc. for statistical validity and high confidence level. The project plans to develop a simple, low-cost program for measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (MMRV) that farmers can easily and inexpensively administer to quantify management impacts on soil and biomass C stocks and GHG emissions for grazing land systems and climate-smart beef, employing on-the-ground measurement of soil carbon stocks, producer-sourced management information, and process-based models of grazing land carbon dynamics.

Lead Partner: TH Cattle Company, LLC
Other Major Partners: Western Sustainability Exchange, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Yard Stick, HowGood
Major Commodities:  Grassfed beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,467,000

Native Food Crops for Innovative Climate-Smart Production Models and Supply Chains – The Case of Blue Elderberry in the West
The project aims to assist early-adopter Tribal, underserved and small-scale producers to successfully produce a marketable elderberry crop from perennial planting, measure carbon sequestration and develop local processing capacity. Producers would receive an incentive payment per linear foot of elderberry planting, to cover the costs of establishment, maintenance, and the implementation of the additional suite of climate-smart agriculture practices.  The project would identify potential sales channels (including local direct sales, value-added products, sales to identified and potential companies/distributors/brands, and Indigenous tribal communities), provide processing capabilities, and develop marketing materials.

Lead Partner: White Buffalo Land Trust
Other Major Partners: Jalama Canyon Ranch; Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Wild Farmlands Foundation; Orella Ranch, and The Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO)- Camp 4. The two outreach and advisory partners are Community Environmental Council and The Regents of the University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources (e.g. UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program)
Major Commodities: Elderberries, Beef and Livestock (Silvopasture systems)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,633,900

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities
This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

Farmer Cooperative-Led, Partnership-Driven Project for Implementing Novel Perennial Cover Crop Species in Specialty Crop Systems and Integrating with Innovative MRV and Carbon Market
In this pilot project, producers would receive cost-share, technical assistance, capital investment and marketing support for using Oakville bluegrass cover crop in their commercial specialty crop operations. In addition to the creation and sale of carbon offsets, Oakville bluegrass plantings would give producers the opportunity to engage in climate-smart insetting, the practice of applying GHG offsets to one’s own supply chain.  The project partner would seek further underserved producer membership through co-op director Nav Athwal’s network of over 200 Punjabi American producers.

Lead Partner: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative
Other Major Partners: Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative, Columbia River Seed, Vitidore, Radix Evergreen, California State University Chico
Major Commodities: Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

Foodshed Small Farm Distro and Resource Hub Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot
The Climate-Smart Incentive Pilot would generate economic opportunities and provide direct incentives to small and socially disadvantaged specialty crop farmers in San Diego County for improving soil health through compost application, reduced tillage and tree/shrub establishment and quantifying GHG reductions. Project partners plan to address equity by reducing barriers caused by language, and limited access to equipment and information.

Lead Partner: Foodshed, Inc
Other Major Partners: Community Health Improvement Partners' Farm to Institution Center, County of San Diego Department of Health, Southern California Resource Conservation District, Zero Foodprint, Johnny's Selected Seeds, and San Diego Food System Alliance
Major Commodities: Fruit, vegetables and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Launching The North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture
This project plans to work collaboratively with regional small and historically underserved producers to launch the North Valley Food Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The Hub plans to provide farm-to-fork integration through marketing and sales support for project climate-smart commodities by consolidating transaction costs, creating a one-stop shopping platform for buyers and a marketplace for growers to post and promote their products. The project plans to support producers in implementing a variety of climate-smart cover crops; no-till or minimum-till practices; nutrient management; enhanced efficiency fertilizers; planting for high carbon sequestration rates; and soil amendments. An incentive payment is planned to be offered for each producer implementing an advanced practice.

Lead Partner: Chico State Enterprises
Other Major Partners: Butte County Farm Bureau; North State Hulling Cooperative, Douglass Ranch; GRUB Farms; Chico State Organic Vegetable Project, Chico State Basic Needs Hungry Wildcat Pantry
Major Commodities: Almonds, walnuts, rice, tomatoes, peaches, prunes
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,800

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

A vibrant future: Pilot projects for climate-smart fruit and vegetable production, marketing, and valuation of ecosystem services --This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production in order to establish a consumer-driven, climate-smart market for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association.
Major Partners: International Fresh Produce Association, University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice--This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS.
Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

Alliance to Catalyze Transition Incentives through Open Networks for Climate Smart Agriculture)--This project will develop the systemic tools and approaches necessary to catalyze change by operating in three areas simultaneously: equipping and training Technical Service Providers for CSA implementation, creating transition finance incentives for producers, and developing a robust and self-sustaining marketplace for climate smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, Inc.
Major Partners: CA Farm Demonst. Network, CARCD, CO Dept of Ag, Conservation Fund, General Mills, Grass Fed Alliance, Mad Ag, ME Soil Health Network, OpenTEAM, Organic Valley, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Potlikker Capital, Quivira Coalition, Rodale Institute, Stonyfield, Understanding Ag, Black Farmers Rising, CCOF, CFDN/RC&D, Food Solutions New England, IFT, ME Farmland Trust, NH Conservation Commission, Organic Trade Association, PASA, Quivira Coalition, Regenerative Rising, SAGE, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, TSIP, VT NOFA, CCOF, LiteFarm, Lundberg Family Farms, OR Tilth, Our Sci, SustainCert, The Organic Center, Carbon A List, Field to Market, FORA, James Beard Foundation, SAGE, Zero Food Print,AFT,FarmStack,Field to Market,National Young Farmers Coal.
Major Commodities: Beef, Dairy, Wheat, Rice, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

California Dairy Research Foundation Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities Project --This project will build climate-smart dairy markets provide financial incentives for dairy producers to adopt climate-smart manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, leveraging matching funding from non-federal sources.
Lead Partner: California Dairy Research Foundation
Major Partners: California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Cares, California Dairy Campaign, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, Milk Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Sustainable Conservation, Western United Dairies, California Farm Bureau Federation, University of California, Davis, University of California, Riverside, University of California Cooperative Extension, Truterra, California Dairies, Inc., Challenge Dairy Products, Nestlé
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $85,000,000

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool --This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.
Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State Univeristy Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities--This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support historically underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future.
Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Sonoma Marin Ag and County Climate Coalition--This project will build on successful carbon farming and local/regional food systems partnerships across two counties in the San Fransisco Bay Area. The purpose is to expand climate-smart markets, including a regional supply chain & innovative marketing campaign for climate smart agricultural products. This will create a regional carbon finance program that is sustainable and scale implementation for the long term.
Lead Partner: County of Sonoma
Major Partners: Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin Resource Conservation District, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Carbon Cycle Institute, Sonoma County Department of Agriculture, Sonoma County Regional Climate, Protection Authority Marin Agricultural Land Trust, UC Cooperative Extension Marin, UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma, MarinCAN, Marin County Sustainability Team, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Marin County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measure, Marin County Cooperation Team, Sanzuma, and LookInto
Major Commodities: Grapes, Fruit Trees, Vegetables, Beef, Dairy, Fiber, Aquaculture, Nursery stock, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Unlocking the Benefits of Regenerative Almonds: Partnerships to Develop and Expand Global Climate Smart Market Opportunities through Grower Incentives--This project will promote the adoption of climate-smart and regenerative practices on California almond farms and expand market opportunities for climate-smart almonds through development of verified claims, business-to-business reporting, and supply-chain greenhouse gas quantification. This will support the development of a market-based mechanism for almond buyers and incentivize almond growers to adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Blue Diamond Growers
Major Partners: Blue Diamond Growers, Cool Farm Alliance, Pollinator Partnership, Project Apis m, SureHarvest, Where Food Comes From, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Major Commodities: Almonds
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Colorado

Arizona Partnership for Climate-Smart Food Crops
The project would promote climate-smart food production practices including strip cropping, multi-story cropping and others for desert adapted crops within four agrisystems. Producers would receive payments for implementing and auditing these practices and for additional practices as well as technical assistance specialized based on culture, language and experience. Through its partners, the project creates a climate-smart logo, brand guide and messaging for multiple audiences and marketplaces such as chefs/restaurants, grocery stores, farmers market, and online markets. The project also plans to lease a commercial test kitchen for identifying culinary qualities of climate-smart crops, conducting consumer research, promoting a Desert Seed-to-Table program, and advancing retail market development and a consumer awareness campaign.

Lead Partner: University of Arizona
Other Major Partners: Tucson City of Gastronomy , Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Local First Arizona, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,782,300

Colorado Hub of the Western Working Lands Climate-Smart Network
Participating producers would receive financial assistance for implementing climate-smart practices in beef production and monitoring project outcomes. The project would model a successful, durable, and transferable climate-smart commodities market model to regenerate working landscapes.  

Lead Partner: Western Landowners Alliance
Other Major Partners: Working Lands Conservation, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers, Central Colorado Conservancy
Major Commodities: beef; pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,960

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

Waste to Plate: Building Circular Economies and Shorter Supply Chains for Livestock Reared on Regenerating Dryland Range with Organic Amendments 
Quivira Coalition and partners plans to work with project participants to produce biochar and compost and them on degraded rangeland to enhance ecological function, carbon sequestration, and forage production Each producer would receive a stipend to support their time towards producing, deploying, monitoring, and communicating with technical support providers, host fees to support the workshop, and supplies. This project would provide direct technical support to help producers finish animals on grass, optimize carcasses for their particular customer base, and build the tools, such as an online shopping cart or a social media presence, for region-based marketing. 

Lead Partner: Quivira Coalition 
Other Major Partners: Reunity Resources, Trollworks, Wilson Biocha, Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, Good Meat Project, Polk’s Folly Farm, Kathryn Bedell, Creighton Robinson, Dixon Water Foundation, Weaver Ranch, Colorado State University, Dixon Water Foundation; Trilogy Beef Community; Roan Creck Ranch 
Major Commodities: Grassfed beef 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,536,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Alliance to Catalyze Transition Incentives through Open Networks for Climate Smart Agriculture)--This project will develop the systemic tools and approaches necessary to catalyze change by operating in three areas simultaneously: equipping and training Technical Service Providers for CSA implementation, creating transition finance incentives for producers, and developing a robust and self-sustaining marketplace for climate smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, Inc.
Major Partners: CA Farm Demonst. Network, CARCD, CO Dept of Ag, Conservation Fund, General Mills, Grass Fed Alliance, Mad Ag, ME Soil Health Network, OpenTEAM, Organic Valley, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Potlikker Capital, Quivira Coalition, Rodale Institute, Stonyfield, Understanding Ag, Black Farmers Rising, CCOF, CFDN/RC&D, Food Solutions New England, IFT, ME Farmland Trust, NH Conservation Commission, Organic Trade Association, PASA, Quivira Coalition, Regenerative Rising, SAGE, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, TSIP, VT NOFA, CCOF, LiteFarm, Lundberg Family Farms, OR Tilth, Our Sci, SustainCert, The Organic Center, Carbon A List, Field to Market, FORA, James Beard Foundation, SAGE, Zero Food Print,AFT,FarmStack,Field to Market,National Young Farmers Coal.
Major Commodities: Beef, Dairy, Wheat, Rice, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Camelina --This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.
Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West --This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.
Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

National Sorghum Producers Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project N --This project will implement climate-smart production practices across hundreds of thousands of acres of sorghum working lands over a five year period, with the goal of reducing over hundreds of millions of pounds of carbon emissions and developing markets for sorghum as a climate-smart commodity.
Lead Partner: National Sorghum Producers Association
Major Partners: KS Black Farmers Assoc.; Peoria Tribe of Indians of OK; KS AgriWomen; Women Managing the Farm; CO, KS, NM, OK & TX Sorghum Assocs; United Sorghum Checkoff, Prairie View A&M, CO State, TX Tech, TX A&M, KS State and OK State Univ.; NM & KS Depts of Agriculture; Field to Market; RIPE; Trust in Food™; Natl. Cotton Council; Amer. Coalit. for Ethanol; KS Water, Pheasants/Quail Forever; Salk Institute; Danforth Center; Galvanize Clim. Solut.; Arable; Argonne Natl Lab; K-Coe Isom; Sust Envir Consult; ServiTech, Danone; Kashi; Bayer Crop Sci; ADM; Conestoga Energy; KS Ethanol; Pratt, West. Plains & Energy; Nu Life Market; CoBank; & High Plains Farm Credit
Major Commodities: Sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000

Reducing GHG emissions and improving soil carbon sequestration potential through high-carbon soil amendment--This pilot project will support expansion of climate-smart markets and implementation of climate-smart practices to augment conservation Best Management Practices and generate reference data to support development of regionally optimized ecosystem services models. The geographic focus of this project (CO, NE, WY, MT) has naturally low basal soil organic carbon, which means greater sequestration potential.
Lead Partner: The Western Sugar Cooperative
Major Partners: Crow Tribe, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, University of Wyoming; Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center; Colorado State University
Major Commodities: Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $6,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Connecticut

Improving Forest Carbon Sequestration and Storage by Establishing Supply Chains for Low-Quality Wood Material and Incentivizing Sustainable Forestry Practices
This project pilots an incentives program to advance sustainable climate-smart forest management and create additional low-quality climate-smart wood market supply chains. Nearly every participant would be small scale or underserved, who would receive direct payments for retaining larger and higher quality trees. The project's partners would market the resulting climate-smart commodities, leveraging their well-established working relationships with buyers who require the low-quality wood material.

Lead Partner: AMRO United Corporation
Other Major Partners: LBS Ecological, Green Fire Forestry & Wildlife Services, Future Forest Management, Craver Logging, Welch Logging, Sawtooth Forestry
Major Commodities: Wood Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,800,000

Creating Climate-Smart Commodities through Enhanced Rock Weathering in Agricultural Settings
Project participants would use basalt dust instead of agricultural lime to increase soil pH through a method known as Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), which speeds up a natural carbon sequestration process. Project funds would be used to cover all material, application, and monitoring costs for farmers as well as developing markets for the low-carbon carbon smart commodities grown by participating farmers. The project plans to determine the extent to which this process can increase crop yields, reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), and decrease fertilizer and lime costs, much of which may benefit underserved agricultural producers at a time of record high input costs and increasing economic pressures.  
Lead Partner: Yale University
Other Major Partners: Yale University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Grodan, Agoro Carbon Alliance, Black Oaks Center, The Land Connection, Zumwalt Acres, Farm Foundation, Carolina Sunrock, Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC), American Peanut Council (APC)
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,898,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project --This project will implement forest management practices with large commercial producers and smaller woodlot owners to store more carbon in the forest, quantify the resulting carbon gains, and build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials.
Lead Partner: New England Forestry Foundation
Major Partners: Seven Islands, Weyerhauser, Wagner Woodlands, Baskahegan, Robbins Lumber, Pasamoquoddy Forestry Dept, UMaine, Nature Conservancy, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, Mass Tree Farm Program, Hull Forestlands, Heyes Family Forests, trust to Conserve Northeast forestlands, American Forest Foundation, Spatial informatic group, Innov. Natural Res. Solutions, Spritios Properties, Leers Weinzapfel Assoc, Quantified Ventures, Woodworks, Forest Stewards Guild, Mas Audobon, Our climate common, Highstead Foundation, Mass Forest Alliance, CT Forest & Park Assoc, Appalach. Mtn Club. Mass Woodlands Institute
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy. --Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

District of Columbia

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.

Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Delaware

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Florida

A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Impact of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Soil Microalgae Consortium (Chlorella spp and Scenedesmus spp) as High-Efficiency Carbon Sequestration Model Plants: Implications for Climate Change and Soil Improvement
Industrial hemp for fiber would be cultivated and marketed in the southeastern United States as a high efficiency carbon sequestration and a climate-smart commodity crop. The project plans to provide financial assistance to small and/or underserved farmers to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative, LLC (NHGC) would engage industry partners to create markets for processing industrial hemp into several climate-smart commodities. While developing markets for farmers, the NHGC plan to buy all industrial hemp from all farmers during the duration the grant.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Alabama A&M University, Southern University, University of Florida (UF-IFAS)
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,990,000

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Incentivizing Woody Perennial Growers to Establish Cover Crops in Orchards in Four Diverse Regions of the United States
Through this project, producers with orchards would receive financial incentives and technical assistance to incorporate cover crops into their operations. Project partners plan to help market these climate-smart fruits and nuts in areas that typically have less access to fresh food. About one-third of the project participants would be smaller-sized operations and partners plan to work to include minority owned orchards.

Lead Partner: Agoro Carbon Alliance US, Inc
Other Major Partners: Agoro Carbon Alliance, California Walnut Board and Commission, GO Seed, Padilla, FoodMinds
Major Commodities: Fruits and Nuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,800,000

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture
This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

Hispanic Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative
This project plans to work with Puerto Rico and Florida Hispanic pasture and forage farmers to diversify and increase production while managing climate-smart farming methods and quantifying environmental outcomes.  Project partners would address cultural and language barriers to provide technical assistance for implementing practices and marketing their beef in new revenue streams. Farmers with under 100 acres under management would be offered a higher flat fee per year.

Lead Partner: Victus Puerto Rico Inc
Other Major Partners: mano-Y-ola, LLC, Bien-Estar Agrícola LLC PR, Fundación Santa Elena de la Sabana Inc PR, Ponce Municipal Administration PR
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,926,300

Improving Access to Grazing Resources for Native American Farmers and Ranchers
Native American farmers and ranchers would receive technical assistance and education, and at least $1 million in direct payments to support the adoption of climate-smart practices like rotational grazing and planting of native grasses. Partners plan to assist participants with validating greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing climate-smart commodities, including creating marketable emission offsets or credits.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farm Journal Foundation, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,925,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with historically underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers a, providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities
This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

A vibrant future: Pilot projects for climate-smart fruit and vegetable production, marketing, and valuation of ecosystem services --This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production in order to establish a consumer-driven, climate-smart market for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association.
Major Partners: International Fresh Produce Association, University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Industrial Hemp for Fiber and Grain --This project aims to remedy lack of available data on environmentally beneficial practices for hemp production by providing open-accessible data and training and enabling monetization of climate-smart practices through a pilot designation in a digital marketplace. Additionally, this project develops an inclusive workforce that specializes in implementation of climate-smart practices by engaging underserved producers and financially supporting them as they learn these practices.
Lead Partner: Iconoclast Industries, LLC
Major Partners: Cedar Meadow Farm LLC, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Stockton University, The Shaffer Group, Texas A&M University, Pecan Street Inc, CultivateAI, Florida Department of Agriculture, Green Ocean Sciences, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ganjanesh Bioscience, INDHemp, Global Hemp Association, 357 Hemp Logistics, SB Friedman Development Advisors, M4MM, Canndigenous, EntreVation LLC, Stillman College, Legacy Farms Group
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Georgia

BEACON Pilot: Farmers Guiding Farmers Towards Climate Smart Agriculture
This project plans to advance equity by minimizing transaction costs and addressing cultural dynamics for Black and indigenous producers by using a farmer-to-farmer collaborative training approach. Farmers would define culturally appropriate product labels, and partners would work to increase market access, specifically through marketing the value-add of using climate-smart practices like cover crops, no-till, tree planting and prescribed grazing.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, the Tallahassee Food Network, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Organic Farmers Association, Women Food and Agriculture Network, the Earth’s Garden Network
Major Commodities: Specialty and organic crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers
All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG)Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers , providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities
This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

Creating Climate-Smart Commodities through Enhanced Rock Weathering in Agricultural Settings
Project participants would use basalt dust instead of agricultural lime to increase soil pH through a method known as Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), which speeds up a natural carbon sequestration process. Project funds would be used to cover all material, application, and monitoring costs for farmers as well as developing markets for the low-carbon carbon smart commodities grown by participating farmers. The project plans to determine the extent to which this process can increase crop yields, reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), and decrease fertilizer and lime costs, much of which may benefit underserved agricultural producers at a time of record high input costs and increasing economic pressures. 

Lead Partner: Yale University
Other Major Partners: Yale University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Grodan, Agoro Carbon Alliance, Black Oaks Center, The Land Connection, Zumwalt Acres, Farm Foundation, Carolina Sunrock, Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC), American Peanut Council (APC)
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,898,700

Reviving the Chestnut: The Climate-Smart Crop
Participants, including underserved and minority farmers, would be reimbursed for costs associated with establishing and initially maintaining carbon smart chestnut orchards. The project partners would promote the carbon reduction practices implemented through this project and market the specially-branded chestnuts produced by members as a premium “Climate-Smart” food that can reduce consumers’ impact on climate change.

Lead Partner: Georgia Alabama Land Trust
Other Major Partners: The University of Georgia Cooperative Agricultural Extension, Carbon Farmer LLC, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU), Pippin Farms, Ray Griffin, Willie Jones, Southern Farmers Collaborative Group
Major Commodities: Chestnuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,980,000

The Coalition for Food Security
The Coalition for Food Security (CFS) plans to implement climate-smart practices related to indoor hydroponic vertical farming and optimize environmental climate control management to create a voluntary climate-smart produce marketplace. This would incentivize greenhouse gas reduction practices along the vegetable supply chain through direct partnerships between underserved producers and corporate buyers, enabling small and underserved producers to sell their produce directly to corporations.  The CFS plans to design and market a franchise program to incentivize minority landowners and underserved producers to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices demonstrated at the pilot farm. In addition, CFS would provide internships to HBCU students to participate in our project and other franchise programs for graduating students to start agricultural businesses.

Lead Partner: Ponix, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Ponix, FoodChain Technologies, GTC 360 LLC, Center for Global Health Innovation, Fort Valley State University, Buds of Little Rose, Ed Farm, Slater Infrastructure
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

A vibrant future: Pilot projects for climate-smart fruit and vegetable production, marketing, and valuation of ecosystem services --This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production in order to establish a consumer-driven, climate-smart market for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association.
Major Partners: International Fresh Produce Association, University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Building Soil, Building Equity: Accelerating a Regenerative Farming Movement in Appalachia and the Southeast--This project seeks to build climate-smart markets and sequester carbon over thousands of acres of Appalachian and rural southeastern land through strategic recruitment from networks of producers. The project will use education, outreach, technical assistance and incentivizing producers to adopt CSA.
Lead Partner: Accelerating Appalachia
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technologies, Kentucky State University, Working Trees from Stanford University’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Carbon Harvest
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Row Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool --This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.
Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State Univeristy Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral--This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of Climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project will also support farmers in protecting their land through permanent easements to help ensure that the soil health and climate benefits from those practices continue far into the future.
Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Major Partners: American Farmland Trust, The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Quantifying the Potential to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Carbon Sequestration by Growing and Marketing Climate-Smart Commodities in the Southern Piedmont -- Aimed at the southern piedmont vegetable farming community, this proposal will utilize a interdisciplinary system approach including farmer adoption, understanding economic/social barriers, market/consumer buy-in, utlizing technology and easing burden on farmers. The results of the project will build climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increases carbon sequestration, increase farmer economic opportunities and adoption of climate-smart agriculture. Leading partner: Rodale Institute
Major Partners: University of Georgia, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Georgia Organics, Emory University, University of Georgia, Soil Health Institute, University of Tennessee, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Major Commodities: Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Hawaii

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Portfolio of Partnerships for Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities --This project will help overcome climate-smart implementation barriers through investment and incentives, improve technical assistance capacity through community-based organization networks, build decision support tools for modeling/verification, and generate internal momentum for a market-based sustainable food system embedded within resilient and abundant landscapes across Hawaiʻi.
Lead Partner: Lynker Corporation
Major Partners: Hawai'i Producer Engagement Team, Hawai'i Cattlemen's Council, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, Hawai'i Farmers Union United, Teh Kohala Centger, Pacific Gateway Center, Forest Solutions Incorporated, Hawai'i department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and wildlife, University of Hawai'i manoa, University of Florida, Colorado State University, NRDS, Lynker, Transforming Hawai'i's Food Systems together, Hawai'i Department of Agriculture, Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai'i Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Taskforce, FarmLink..
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Agroforestry, Breadfruit, Avocado, Beef, Sugarcane, Taro, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Iowa

Building Profitability for Underserved Producers with a Pipeline of Land Access, Regenerative Agriculture, and Market Development
This project aims to provide resettled refugees access to low- or no-cost land and technical assistance to create scalable and profitable agricultural small businesses through the creation of demand for commodities produced using climate-smart practices.  Project plans for farmers to use cover crops, buffer strips, improved wetlands, and other climate-smart practices. These producers would also receive technical assistance and engagement, translation assistance for non-English speakers, modeling of climate-smart practices, financial resources, and market access through partner organizations.
 
Lead Partner: Dalla Terra Ranch Foundation 
Other Major Partners: In Harmony Farm, Lutheran Services of Iowa Global Greens, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Small Farm Land Access Program, Iowa State University Agronomy Department, Iowa International Center, CultivateAI, Fareway Food Stores, Food Bank of Iowa, and Des Moines Area Religious Council 
Primary States Expected: IA 
Major Commodities: fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops 
Approximate Funding Ceiling:  $271,200

Climate-Smart Chicken and Feed: Scaling Climate-Smart Grain and Poultry Commodity Production as a System-Level Climate Solution for the Midwest 
This project would support poultry producers who follow diversified regenerative climate-smart grain production methods incorporating small grains, no-till, and cover crops, integrated agroforestry practices. Producers may receive payments to adopt a climate-smart grain rotation for at least three years and for Organic climate-smart chicken production. Producers would receive a premium price for chickens, paid by Tree-Range Farms. Multiple strategic partners including tribal nations, immigrant-serving organizations, and other community partners plan to promote the project with underserved producers  

Lead Partner: Regeneration International/Regenerative Agriculture Alliance 
Other Major Partners: Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA); Freshwater Society; Minnesota State University Mankato; Carleton College; Tree-Range® Farms; Makoce Agriculture Development, Oatly, Regenerative Agriculture Solutions, General Mills, Latino Economic Development Center 
Major Commodities: Poultry, small grain, oats 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)
The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants.

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Major Commodities: Corn, Vegetables and Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast--Covering America from Coast to Coast: This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that result in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart (CS) specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina.
Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Horizon II: A climate-smart future for corn, soybean, livestock, and renewable natural gas production--This project will enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve carbon sequestration in the production of corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities, while creating opportunities for small and historically underserved producers and benefitting soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitats for native wildlife.
Lead Partner: Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC
Major Partners: Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, Verdesian, Veterans in Agriculture
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Pork, Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

National Pork Board's Advancing US Pork Sustainability and Market Value Proposal--The goal of this project is to increase the sustainability of U.S. pork products by advancing climate-smart agriculture practices within the feed supply, thereby maintaining market demand and price premiums in a rapidly evolving consumer world. The geography of focus – Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – encapsulates a concentration of pork facilities supported by local grain production, representing a key region of the overall supply chain.
Lead Partner: National Pork Board
Major Partners: National Pork Board, Nestle, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Ducks Unlimited, Trust in Food (Farm Journal), Farm Credit Council, Millborn Seed
Major Commodities: Pork, Rice, Soybeans, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The GEVO Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program--The project aims to create critical structural market incentives for low carbon-intensity (CI) corn as well as to accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the sector’s dependency on fossil-based fuel. This project includes an immediate market opportunity to sell climate-smart, low-climate-impact corn.
Lead Partner: Gevo, Inc.
Major Partners: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC, Google, Farmers Edge, EarthOptics, South Dakota State University, Regen Ag Labs, Yard Stick, Double H Ag Services, Farmers Edge, AgSpire, PrairieFood, Stine Seed Farm, Holganix, Trace Genomics, MidState Agronomy, Double H Ag Services, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Standing Rock (SAGE) Renewable Energy Power Authority
Major Commodities: Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Idaho

Cover Crop Seed Production Grown with Climate-Smart Wheat
In partnership with Tribal leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, this project would provide financial and technical support to Tribal farmers to grow cover crop seed into wheat fallow systems with adequate precipitation. GO Seed plans to purchase the climate-smart cover crop seed from participating farmers and sell it to distributors removing a financial barrier to producers that would otherwise reduce participation in growing cover crop seed. Markets would be cultivated and expanded through existing relationships with millers and exporters. All wheat marketed would have a “Climate-Smart Wheat” seal on the purchasing paperwork.

Lead Partner: Grassland Oregon
Other Major Partners: Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR); Intertribal Agriculture Council; Northwest Grain Growers; Agoro Carbon Alliance; Ace Connect LLC; Soil Health Institute; Oregon Wheat Commission, OR Wheat Grower’s League; Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network; Shoshone-Bannock Agri-Business Corp
Major Commodities: Wheat; cover crop seed
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,722,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Camelina --This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.
Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate-Smart Commodities for Idaho: A Public-Private-Tribal Partnership --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase adoption of climate-smart practices on more than 100 farms in Idaho through the provision of financial and technical assistance to producers, with a focus on barley, beef, chickpea, potatoes, sugar, wheat, and hops.
Lead Partner: Regents of the University of Idaho
Major Partners: Coeur d’Alene Tribe Natural Resources Department, Nez Perce Tribe Land Services Division, Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Salmon Safe, The Nature Conservancy Idaho Chapter Office, The Wave Foundation, Desert Mountain Grassfed Beef, Kooskooskie Fish, LLC, University of Idaho
Major Commodities: Barley, Beef, Chickpea, Potatoe, Sugar, Wheat, Hops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Climate-Smart Potatoes from the Pacific Northwest Managing Soil Health for Climate-Smart Outcomes--This project will build climate-smart markets and advance adoption of climate-smart management systems in the Pacific Northwest states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon where more than 62% of U.S. potatoes are grown and 15% of the domestic supply of seed potatoes are produced.
Lead Partner: Oregon State University
Major Partners: Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University, Soil Health Institute, LoCo+, Seven Generations LLC, Industrial Hemp Association of Washington, Lamb Weston, Frito-Lay, Threemile Canyon Farms, Mart Produce, Simplot, Yakam Nation: Confederated Tribes and Bands, Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Colville, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Marc Staunton, Scotty Fenters, GMP Orchards LLC, Selkirk Ag LLC, Triangle Ranch
Major Commodities: Potatoes, Hemp, Wheat, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West --This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.
Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Illinois

Climate-Smart Chicken and Feed: Scaling Climate-Smart Grain and Poultry Commodity Production as a System-Level Climate Solution for the Midwest 
This project would support poultry producers who follow diversified regenerative climate-smart grain production methods incorporating small grains, no-till, and cover crops, integrated agroforestry practices. Producers may receive payments to adopt a climate-smart grain rotation for at least three years and for Organic climate-smart chicken production. Producers would receive a premium price for chickens, paid by Tree-Range Farms. Multiple strategic partners including tribal nations, immigrant-serving organizations, and other community partners plan to promote the project with underserved producers  
Lead Partner: Regeneration International/Regenerative Agriculture Alliance 
Other Major Partners: Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA); Freshwater Society; Minnesota State University Mankato; Carleton College; Tree-Range® Farms; Makoce Agriculture Development, Oatly, Regenerative Agriculture Solutions, General Mills, Latino Economic Development Center 
Major Commodities: Poultry, small grain, oats 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900 

Creating Climate-Smart Commodities through Enhanced Rock Weathering in Agricultural Settings
Project participants would use basalt dust instead of agricultural lime to increase soil pH through a method known as Enhanced Rock Weathering (ERW), which speeds up a natural carbon sequestration process. Project funds would be used to cover all material, application, and monitoring costs for farmers as well as developing markets for the low-carbon carbon smart commodities grown by participating farmers. The project plans to determine the extent to which this process can increase crop yields, reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions (N2O), and decrease fertilizer and lime costs, much of which may benefit underserved agricultural producers at a time of record high input costs and increasing economic pressures.  
Lead Partner: Yale University
Other Major Partners: Yale University, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Grodan, Agoro Carbon Alliance, Black Oaks Center, The Land Connection, Zumwalt Acres, Farm Foundation, Carolina Sunrock, Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC), American Peanut Council (APC)
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,898,700

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)
The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants. 

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Major Commodities: Corn, Vegetables and Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute , Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West --This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.
Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy--This project aims to generate knowledge of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions for the Fischer Farms beef production system, to inform future business decisions, and to generate science-based marketing tools that will enable buyers to actively participate in climate-positive purchasing and eating decisions. The project will include livestock producers, and it will support Fischer Farms’ market expansion into other areas.
Lead Partner: Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC
Major Partners: Indiana University, Carbon Solutions
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Indiana

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)
The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants.
 
Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Major Commodities: Corn, Vegetables and Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool --This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.
Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State Univeristy Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets --A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy--This project aims to generate knowledge of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions for the Fischer Farms beef production system, to inform future business decisions, and to generate science-based marketing tools that will enable buyers to actively participate in climate-positive purchasing and eating decisions. The project will include livestock producers, and it will support Fischer Farms’ market expansion into other areas.
Lead Partner: Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC
Major Partners: Indiana University, Carbon Solutions
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Kansas

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 
Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Camelina --This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.
Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

National Sorghum Producers Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Project N --This project will implement climate-smart production practices across hundreds of thousands of acres of sorghum working lands over a five year period, with the goal of reducing over hundreds of millions of pounds of carbon emissions and developing markets for sorghum as a climate-smart commodity.
Lead Partner: National Sorghum Producers Association
Major Partners: KS Black Farmers Assoc.; Peoria Tribe of Indians of OK; KS AgriWomen; Women Managing the Farm; CO, KS, NM, OK & TX Sorghum Assocs; United Sorghum Checkoff, Prairie View A&M, CO State, TX Tech, TX A&M, KS State and OK State Univ.; NM & KS Depts of Agriculture; Field to Market; RIPE; Trust in Food™; Natl. Cotton Council; Amer. Coalit. for Ethanol; KS Water, Pheasants/Quail Forever; Salk Institute; Danforth Center; Galvanize Clim. Solut.; Arable; Argonne Natl Lab; K-Coe Isom; Sust Envir Consult; ServiTech, Danone; Kashi; Bayer Crop Sci; ADM; Conestoga Energy; KS Ethanol; Pratt, West. Plains & Energy; Nu Life Market; CoBank; & High Plains Farm Credit
Major Commodities: Sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $65,000,000

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy. --Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Scaling up the industrial hemp supply chain as carbon negative feedstock for fuel and fiber--This project will help with commercializing hemp crops while driving soil carbon sequestration and climate resilience. The project aims to provide effective valuation and monetization of environmental services, including carbon dioxide removal via implementation of new genetics and management practices to increase sustainability of hemp as an annual crop in the U.S.
Lead Partner: Lincoln University
Major Partners: National Hemp Association, Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Missouri Organic Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Oklahoma Farmers Union, ShowMe State Hemp Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Donald Danforth Plant Science Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Prairie View A&M Univ., St. Louis Univ., Southeast Missouri State Univ., Univ. of Missouri, Benchmark Design, Cquester Analytics, DTE Materials, HempWood, Midwest Natural Fiber, New West Genetics, REA Resource Recovery Systems, Rockwater, Renaissance Fiber
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $5,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Kentucky

Building Whole-Farm Designs and Market Infrastructure to Provide Premiums for Climate-Smart Farming among Mid-Sized Agricultural Enterprises in the Ohio River Valley
This project plans to model and develop whole-farm carbon sequestration systems geared towards mid-sized polyculture farms that produce crops and beef. Farmers would receive a sign-up incentive, free technical assistance, and cost-share to implement climate-smart practices. Partners would include African-American food system organizers who would ensure engagement with minority, unrepresented, and socially disadvantaged growers. Partners would offer a Climate-Smart Beef product line to current retail and wholesale customers and provide avenues for grain producers to market and sell their products.

Lead Partner: Mt. Folly Enterprises Inc
Other Major Partners: Mt. Folly Farm, flagship farm, Eastern Kentucky University, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Rich Earth Grains LLC, Riverside Meats, Scott Shouse, Sourwood Forestry Consulting, Ale-8-1 Bottling Company, Skip Johnson, Doug Gurian-Sherman
Major Commodities: beef, corn, soy, wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,000

Climate-Smart Organic Egg Project
This project would work with underserved, Amish and Mennonite producers to expand organic pasture-raised egg farming, inspire and educate consumers, and grow the demand for and expand the market for climate-smart egg products. Regenerative practices include manure and nutrient management, pasture enhancements, tree and shrub establishment and cover crops. Handsome Brook Farms plans to work with partners and retailers to develop labeling and sales opportunities to promote climate-smart organic pasture-raised eggs, a new climate-smart U.S. niche market.

Lead Partner: Handsome Brook Farms, LLC
Other Major Partners: Handsome Brook Farms, Costco Inc, Organic Voices, Grow Well Consulting, Curva and Associates LLC, University of Kentucky, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, NY Stern Center for sustainable business, Robinia Institute, Love Just Works LLC
Major Commodities: Poultry (Eggs)
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,600,000

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)"
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Increasing Farm Resource Efficiency by Utilizing On-Site Post-Production Food Byproducts into Innovative Fertilizers and Climate-Smart Commodities 
Project participants would use innovative technology to convert crop residue into two high-value fertilizers for soil, foliar, or hydroponic use, and market resulting climate-smart commodities. Grower economic benefits include: premium pricing for carbon-smart commodities, reduced fertilizer costs, reduced water consumption and related costs, potential reduction in environmental regulatory compliance/fees (where applicable) and expanded marketing opportunities to Re-Nuble or local markets.

Lead Partner: Re-Nuble, Inc 
Other Major Partners: Helianth Partners, IPM Institute, Purple Thumb Farm, Kreher Family Farms, Blake Farms, Uncle Jerry’s Farm 
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,697,000

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Incentive Program
Using incentives and technical assistance, this project would help farmers adopt climate-smart practices to improve soil health and water quality, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and promote wildlife habitat, connecting climate-smart commodity production with climate adaptation and GHG benefits. The farmers enrolled every year in the project are eligible to receive sufficient and compelling incentive payments for their participation and for verified climate-smart practice implementation. The project plans to draw on Organic Association of Kentucky, Inc. (OAK) and partner networks to engage small farms and underserved farmers. OAK anticipates half of the farms enrolled annually would be underserved farmers, including limited resource, beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, and many more would be small farms, operations with gross annual farm income under $250,000.

Lead Partner: Organic Association of Kentucky Inc
Other Major Partners: Aramark, Four Hills Farm, Kentucky Organic Farm and Feed Inc., Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Marksbury Farm Market, The Berry Center, Victory Hemp Foods, Organic Trade Association, The Food Connection at University of Kentucky, Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Sustainable Food Alliance, Bullhorn Creative, Station Built
Major Commodities: Grass fed lamb; grass fed beef; corn, soybeans and small grains; produce; dairy; agroforestry; hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,407,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Building Soil, Building Equity: Accelerating a Regenerative Farming Movement in Appalachia and the Southeast--This project seeks to build climate-smart markets and sequester carbon over thousands of acres of Appalachian and rural southeastern land through strategic recruitment from networks of producers. The project will use education, outreach, technical assistance and incentivizing producers to adopt CSA.
Lead Partner: Accelerating Appalachia
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technologies, Kentucky State University, Working Trees from Stanford University’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Carbon Harvest
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Row Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets --A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy--This project aims to generate knowledge of carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions for the Fischer Farms beef production system, to inform future business decisions, and to generate science-based marketing tools that will enable buyers to actively participate in climate-positive purchasing and eating decisions. The project will include livestock producers, and it will support Fischer Farms’ market expansion into other areas.
Lead Partner: Fischer Farms Natural Foods, LLC
Major Partners: Indiana University, Carbon Solutions
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Louisiana

A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Impact of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Soil Microalgae Consortium (Chlorella spp and Scenedesmus spp) as High-Efficiency Carbon Sequestration Model Plants: Implications for Climate Change and Soil Improvement
Industrial hemp for fiber would be cultivated and marketed in the southeastern United States as a high efficiency carbon sequestration and a climate-smart commodity crop. The project plans to provide financial assistance to small and/or underserved farmers to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative, LLC (NHGC) would engage industry partners to create markets for processing industrial hemp into several climate-smart commodities. While developing markets for farmers, the NHGC plan to buy all industrial hemp from all farmers during the duration the grant.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Alabama A&M University, Southern University, University of Florida (UF-IFAS)
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,990,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with historically underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers, providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative
The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

A vibrant future: Pilot projects for climate-smart fruit and vegetable production, marketing, and valuation of ecosystem services --This project will incentivize growers of specialty crops to adopt climate-smart production in order to establish a consumer-driven, climate-smart market for fruits and vegetables grown using climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: International Fresh Produce Association.
Major Partners: International Fresh Produce Association, University of Florida, CropTrak, Frehner-Jens Consulting, Clark McDowall Brand Architecture Company, Alcorn State University, Measure to Improve, LLC, MS Small Farm and Agribusiness Center at Alcorn State, Alamo Farms, Bayer, Bland Farms, Bolthouse Farms, Calavo, Campbell Soup Company, Del-Monte, Driscoll's, Limoneira, Monterey Pacific, Noble Produce Holdings, Sun Pacific
Major Commodities: Berries, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice--This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS.
Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Developing climate-smart grain markets in the Mid-South through diverse partnerships and a farming-systems approach to practice integration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.--This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple CS practices to achieve Green House Gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local market opportunity for direct sale and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.
Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities--This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support historically underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future.
Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Supreme Rice, LLC's Climate-Smart Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use Through the Adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Practices in Rice Production--This project will expand climate-smart markets and provide financial incentives for rice producers to reduce methane emissions through alternate wetting and drying irrigation and adopt other sustainable growing practices to reduce emissions and water consumption.
Lead Partner: Supreme rice, LLC
Major Partners: Supreme Rice, LLC, Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Rice Growers, Arkansas Rice Growers, Chicot Irrigation, Valley Irrigation
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Massachusetts

Expanding the Participation of Marginal Producers and Landowners to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Practices: Continuous Efforts of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium
The project plans to support small-scale and other underserved producers in three states with financial and technical assistance to transform their traditional production into a multi-pronged agroforestry-based climate-smart, sustainable production system. All producers and landowners are planned to receive financial incentives to cover costs of inputs and services. Partners plan to form a marketing network for labelling, packaging, and branding climate-smart commodities.

Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Major Commodities: nuts, specialty vegetables, fruits (apples, persimmon, berries), medicinal herbs, and meat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.
Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Improving Forest Carbon Sequestration and Storage by Establishing Supply Chains for Low-Quality Wood Material and Incentivizing Sustainable Forestry Practices
This project pilots an incentives program to advance sustainable climate-smart forest management and create additional low-quality climate-smart wood market supply chains. Nearly every participant would be small scale or underserved, who would receive direct payments for retaining larger and higher quality trees. The project's partners would market the resulting climate-smart commodities, leveraging their well-established working relationships with buyers who require the low-quality wood material.
Lead Partner: AMRO United Corporation
Other Major Partners: LBS Ecological, Green Fire Forestry & Wildlife Services, Future Forest Management, Craver Logging, Welch Logging, Sawtooth Forestry
Major Commodities: Wood products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,800,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Production and Application of Biochar in Agricultural Practices at Small and Underserved Farms: Soil Enhancement, Carbon Sequestration, and promoting Climate-Smart Commodities
This project, led by minority serving university Florida A&M, plans to develop biochar-based climate-smart practices and technologies that may be implemented on farms, especially on underserved farms, and to market the resulting climate-smart commodities. In addition to free training and consulting, the producers are planned to receive a financial stimulus per acre of farmland used to implement climate-smart practices using biochar such as soil amendment, water infiltration and manure composting. Partner institutes and companies plan to contract with the landowners and producers to purchase some of the resulting commodities for research, product development, and food manufacturing purposes.

Lead Partner: Florida A&M University
Other Major Partners: University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of California, Davis; Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Current foods, Florida Food Products, LLC., New North Florida Cooperative, California Almond Board, International Fresh Produce Association
Major Commodities: Legumes, leafy green vegetables, hemp, citrus
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,855,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 
Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project --This project will implement forest management practices with large commercial producers and smaller woodlot owners to store more carbon in the forest, quantify the resulting carbon gains, and build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials.
Lead Partner: New England Forestry Foundation
Major Partners: Seven Islands, Weyerhauser, Wagner Woodlands, Baskahegan, Robbins Lumber, Pasamoquoddy Forestry Dept, UMaine, Nature Conservancy, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, Mass Tree Farm Program, Hull Forestlands, Heyes Family Forests, trust to Conserve Northeast forestlands, American Forest Foundation, Spatial informatic group, Innov. Natural Res. Solutions, Spritios Properties, Leers Weinzapfel Assoc, Quantified Ventures, Woodworks, Forest Stewards Guild, Mas Audobon, Our climate common, Highstead Foundation, Mass Forest Alliance, CT Forest & Park Assoc, Appalach. Mtn Club. Mass Woodlands Institute
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy. --Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Maryland

Cover Crop Utilization to Boost Anaerobic Digestion, Transform Chicken Litter, Enhance Soil Health, and Create Climate-Smart Commodity Pathways for Small Farms on the Delmarva Peninsula
The project would directly address underserved producers on the Delmarva Peninsula by promoting climate-smart cover crops as a feedstock for digestor facilities. Project partners anticipate these facilities plan to provide a per acre incentive for harvested climate-smart cover crop biomass making them more economically sustainable and allowing for several project partners to promote and distribute the climate-smart products. This project plans to focus on environmental justice especially in communities impacted by environmental hazards, social-economic stress and poor infrastructure.

Lead Partner: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Other Major Partners: Delmarva Land and Litter Collaborative, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, 2020 Farmers Cooperative, Millennium Farms
Major Commodities: Poultry; Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Prince George’s County Climate-Smart Local Producers Pilot Program
This project plans to pilot, evaluate, and build a Climate-Smart Local Producers Program to address marketing products grown using a variety of climate-smart practices. The project would focus on reducing barriers to practice implementation on existing and new farms.  A planned marketing strategy that resonates with County residents, would combine the values of eating local, utilization of on -farm climate smart practices and woman and minority owned farms. The County plans to work with Bowie State University (a Historically Black College and University) to develop monitoring methodology and perform the analysis of greenhouse gas reductions and leverage the measurement and monitoring methodologies developed by the state of Maryland for several sequestration practices and supply chain impacts.

Lead Partner: Prince Georges, County Government
Other Major Partners: Prince George’s County Government Agencies and Entities, including Department of the Environment (DoE), Prince George's Soil Conservation District (PGSCD), Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC), Low Impact Development Center, Inc. (LIDC), Bowie State University, University of Maryland Extension
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables, Specialty Crops and a Variety of other Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,250,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral--This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of Climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project will also support farmers in protecting their land through permanent easements to help ensure that the soil health and climate benefits from those practices continue far into the future.
Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Major Partners: American Farmland Trust, The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy. --Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Mid-Atlantic Conservation Innovation Fund Climate-Smart Commodities project--This project will help expand climate-smart markets and address climate-smart plans and practices for hundreds of dairy producers and will provide an on-ramp and serve as a catalyst for additional state and private capital to bolster the implementation of whole farm plans.
Lead Partner: The Conservation Innovation Fund
Major Partners: Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, South Mountain Creamery, Stroud Water Research Center, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, TeamAg, RedBarn Consulting, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Major Commodities: Dairy, Beef, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Maine

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

New England Climate-Smart Forest Partnership Project --This project will implement forest management practices with large commercial producers and smaller woodlot owners to store more carbon in the forest, quantify the resulting carbon gains, and build markets for climate-smart forest products to store carbon in wood products and substitute wood products for fossil fuel-based materials.
Lead Partner: New England Forestry Foundation
Major Partners: Seven Islands, Weyerhauser, Wagner Woodlands, Baskahegan, Robbins Lumber, Pasamoquoddy Forestry Dept, UMaine, Nature Conservancy, Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, Mass Tree Farm Program, Hull Forestlands, Heyes Family Forests, trust to Conserve Northeast forestlands, American Forest Foundation, Spatial informatic group, Innov. Natural Res. Solutions, Spritios Properties, Leers Weinzapfel Assoc, Quantified Ventures, Woodworks, Forest Stewards Guild, Mas Audobon, Our climate common, Highstead Foundation, Mass Forest Alliance, CT Forest & Park Assoc, Appalach. Mtn Club. Mass Woodlands Institute
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Scaling Methane Emissions Reductions and Soil Carbon Sequestration - A Value-Added Commodities Approach for United States Dairy. --Through this project, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) climate-smart pilots will directly connect the on-farm greenhouse gas reductions with the low-carbon dairy market opportunity. DFA will use its cooperative business model to ensure that the collective financial benefits are captured at the farm, creating a compelling opportunity to establish a powerful self-sustaining circular economy model benefiting U.S. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Major Partners: Dairy One Cooperative, Inc., MyFarm, LLC, Dairy Nutrition Management and Consulting, LLC, Nestlé, Mars, Unilever, Barry Callebaut, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, CoBank, AGPROfessionals
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $45,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Michigan

A Climate-Smart Strategy for the Michigan Foodshed: Nourishing Our Land, Farmers, and Rural Communities 
The project would focus on beginning and women farmers growing wheat, dry beans, food grade soybeans and oats. Participants can receive payments for inputting and sharing data; increasing their Truterra tool score; receiving Advanced scoring in the Truterra tool; for taking unproductive land out of production and for expanding their food growing operation by piloting food grade oats. Star of the West plans to promote climate-smart commodities with its existing network of wheat, flour, dry bean, food grade soy and oat customers, including processors, customers and restaurants. The project plans to host strategic learning circles, field days, and climate-smart leadership trainings specifically for beginning and women farmers and engage beginning farmers by providing summer internships, working with Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapters, college ag students, and the Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer program. 

Lead Partner: Star of the West Milling Company 
Other Major Partners: Michigan Agriculture Advancement; Artisan Grain Collaborative; Shiftology Communication; Hasenick Brothers Farm; Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Agroecosystem Research; Midwest GRIT; Van Buren County Conservation District; Wisconsin Women in Conservation; Bavarian Inn Restaurant  
Major Commodities: Wheat, Dry Beans, Food grade soybean 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Incentivizing Woody Perennial Growers to Establish Cover Crops in Orchards in Four Diverse Regions of the United States
Through this project, producers with orchards would receive financial incentives and technical assistance to incorporate cover crops into their operations. Project partners plan to help market these climate-smart fruits and nuts in areas that typically have less access to fresh food. About one-third of the project participants would be smaller-sized operations and partners plan to work to include minority owned orchards.

Lead Partner: Agoro Carbon Alliance US, Inc
Other Major Partners: Agoro Carbon Alliance, California Walnut Board and Commission, GO Seed, Padilla, FoodMinds
Major Commodities: Fruits and Nuts
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $3,800,000

Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture and Markets Amongst Socially-Disadvantaged, Limited-Resource, and Urban Farmers in Ohio and Michigan
This project would combine monitoring, outreach, and technical support to foster the adoption of climate-smart practices by minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmers of Ohio and southern Michigan. It also creates synergy between climate-smart feedlot operations and socially disadvantaged farmers. Project partners plan to recruit minority vegetable and beef cattle farmers and selected Central State University students who would receive additional training on climate-smart agriculture.  Small-scale and urban vegetable farmers enrolled in this project would receive funds to cover part of their operating costs.

Lead Partner: Central State University
Other Major Partners: Ohio State University, A & B Porteus, Southeast Michigan Producers Association (SEMPA), Wilmington College
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.


Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.)"
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities 
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Increasing Farm Resource Efficiency by Utilizing On-Site Post-Production Food Byproducts into Innovative Fertilizers and Climate-Smart Commodities 
Project participants would use innovative technology to convert crop residue into two high-value fertilizers for soil, foliar, or hydroponic use, and market resulting climate-smart commodities. Grower economic benefits include: premium pricing for carbon-smart commodities, reduced fertilizer costs, reduced water consumption and related costs, potential reduction in environmental regulatory compliance/fees (where applicable) and expanded marketing opportunities to Re-Nuble or local markets.

Lead Partner: Re-Nuble, Inc 
Other Major Partners: Helianth Partners, IPM Institute, Purple Thumb Farm, Kreher Family Farms, Blake Farms, Uncle Jerry’s Farm 
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,697,000 

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

The Michigan Climate Smart Farm Project
This project plans to provide financial assistance to small scale and underserved producers as they transition to climate-smart commodity production using practices like cover crops, residue and tillage management, pasture/silvo-pasture establishment, feed management, forest stand improvement, wetland restoration and combustion system improvements. Producers are planned to receive a regenerative premium through selling climate-smart products in direct-to-market opportunities like farmers markets.

Lead Partner: Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
Other Major Partners: Washtenaw County Conservation District; University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability; Michigan Department of Agriculture- Environmental Stewardship Division; Carbon Yield; Washtenaw County; The Soil Inventory Project; Monroe Conservation District; Lenawee Conservation District; Keep Growing Detroit; Wayne County Conservation District; Taste the Local Difference (TLD); Water Words that Work (WWTW)
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,720,000

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative
The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Minnesota

Climate-Smart Chicken and Feed: Scaling Climate-Smart Grain and Poultry Commodity Production as a System-Level Climate Solution for the Midwest 
This project would support poultry producers who follow diversified regenerative climate-smart grain production methods incorporating small grains, no-till, and cover crops, integrated agroforestry practices. Producers may receive payments to adopt a climate-smart grain rotation for at least three years and for Organic climate-smart chicken production. Producers would receive a premium price for chickens, paid by Tree-Range Farms. Multiple strategic partners including tribal nations, immigrant-serving organizations, and other community partners plan to promote the project with underserved producers.

Lead Partner: Regeneration International/Regenerative Agriculture Alliance 
Other Major Partners: Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA); Freshwater Society; Minnesota State University Mankato; Carleton College; Tree-Range® Farms; Makoce Agriculture Development, Oatly, Regenerative Agriculture Solutions, General Mills, Latino Economic Development Center 
Major Commodities: Poultry, small grain, oats 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900 

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities
 This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Minnesota Climate-Smart Seedling Production Network 
The proposed project plans to work with forest owners to grow a set of climate-adapted tree species resilient to the projected climate futures of Minnesota’s Midwest Broadleaf Forest, and monitor and market the climate-smart commodity. Producers would receive a payment for each tree seedling grown, in addition to assistance with start-up costs, provision of wild-collected tree seed, and cooperatively managed shipping and distribution of seedings. Seedlings produced as part of this pilot would bear a “Climate-Smart” label and would include native trees selected based on their projected climate capability. The project would provide free training opportunities about tree seed collection and seedling production market opportunities, paying a fair, hourly wage for participating tree seed collectors and provide start-up funds for interested producers, but for whom cost would be a barrier to enter the market.

Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy 
Other Major Partners: University of Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Three Rivers Parks District, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Urban Roots Seedling Production: Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Red Lake Nation, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation: University of Minnesota-Duluth Market Access/Development: Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) 
Major Commodities: Tree Seedlings 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,997

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast--Covering America from Coast to Coast: This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that result in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart (CS) specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina.
Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Incentivizing Climate-Smart Growing Practices, expanding climate-smart markets and developing brand awareness--This project will use selected practices from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to educate, train, incentivize, and measure farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases, as well as brand and develop a market for climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: The DeLong Co., Inc.
Major Partners: Marquis Energy, Western New York Energy, Ingredion, Pioneer Pet, Granular Inc.(a Corteva Agriscience Company), Agris (Greenstone), Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Rock County Ag Business Council, Heartland Business Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, The Artisan Grain Collaborative
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Beef, Pork, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

National Pork Board's Advancing US Pork Sustainability and Market Value Proposal--The goal of this project is to increase the sustainability of U.S. pork products by advancing climate-smart agriculture practices within the feed supply, thereby maintaining market demand and price premiums in a rapidly evolving consumer world. The geography of focus – Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – encapsulates a concentration of pork facilities supported by local grain production, representing a key region of the overall supply chain.
Lead Partner: National Pork Board
Major Partners: National Pork Board, Nestle, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Ducks Unlimited, Trust in Food (Farm Journal), Farm Credit Council, Millborn Seed
Major Commodities: Pork, Rice, Soybeans, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Partnership: Supporting Agricultural Producers at All Scales to Deliver Productivity, Market Opportunities, and Enhanced Soil, Water, and Climate Benefits--This project will build climate-smart markets for a variety of agricutural commodities and help to make adopting climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices more economically viable for producers by compensating them at a rate that guarantees and reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs..
Lead Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major Partners: Rural Partnership to Protect the Environment (RIPE), Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, North Dakota Farmers Union, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Assoc., Natl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Black Growers Council, Sustainable Food Lab, Environmental Initiative, and Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
Major Commodities: Corn, Rice, Beef, Pork, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The GEVO Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program--The project aims to create critical structural market incentives for low carbon-intensity (CI) corn as well as to accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the sector’s dependency on fossil-based fuel. This project includes an immediate market opportunity to sell climate-smart, low-climate-impact corn.
Lead Partner: Gevo, Inc.
Major Partners: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC, Google, Farmers Edge, EarthOptics, South Dakota State University, Regen Ag Labs, Yard Stick, Double H Ag Services, Farmers Edge, AgSpire, PrairieFood, Stine Seed Farm, Holganix, Trace Genomics, MidState Agronomy, Double H Ag Services, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Standing Rock (SAGE) Renewable Energy Power Authority
Major Commodities: Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Missouri

Biochar for Climate-Smart Farms in Missouri
This project would provide direct on-farm assistance and support to convert on-farm ag-waste into biochar, a soil amendment, for Missouri farms and measure and market the resulting climate-smart commodities. The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) plans to launch a pilot program to provide Missouri’s underserved farming community with access to the knowledge, machinery, and support needed to turn their on-farm waste into usable climate-smart farm inputs. MOA and partners would conduct a multi-pronged program to develop and expand markets for climate-smart commodities produced by participating farmers and producers. In turn, the marketing development team would provide comprehensive and well-balanced coverage of marketing specialties.

Lead Partner: Missouri Organic Association
Other Major Partners: Missouri State University, Lincoln University, Five Star Family Farms Inc., Seidel Research and Development Company LLC, and Green Tribes Consulting LLC
Major Commodities: Corn, soy and other organic and specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,935,000
 

Climate Resiliency for the Farm and Market Development: Economically Viable Low Carbon and Climate-Smart Practices for Soybean Farming
Team Climate-Smart Soybean plan to provide small/underserved soybean producers with sufficient incentives to encourage the use of climate-smart practices and participate in the development of markets and promotion of climate-smart soybeans. Participants would use cover crops, no-till, climate-smart soybeans, crop rotation, bio-fertilizers, and biochar. Led by a Hispanic-serving institution, project assistance would be provided in a culturally-relative approach.

Lead Partner: University of Texas at Arlington
Other Major Partners: Texas A&M AgriLife, University of Missouri, Tarleton State University
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,991,400


Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers
All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG)Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000
 

Innovative Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics (iCOVER)
The iCOVER project plans to scale up robotic cover crop planting and verification of soil carbon through innovative radiological robotic sensing technologies, creating markets for climate-smart products for minority underserved farmers growing specialty crops and animal products. The project plans to use standard and well-established soil sampling and remote sensing methods to measure and quantify the effect of cover crops on carbon sequestration, and then develop and scale up an innovative in-situ robotic system capable of soil carbon measurements at high-throughput using a contact-free radiological method for fast, accurate and automated soil organic carbon quantification. The project is planned to also focus on market building for underserved producers through an existing resource and partnerships with grocery chains and restaurants. 

Lead Partner: University of Illinois
Other Major Partners: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tuskegee University; Earth-Sense, Inc., Corteva, Indigo Ag
Major Commodities: Corn, Vegetables and Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,999

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice--This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS.
Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

An Integrated Approach to Scaling-Up Climate-Smart Practices for Crop, Livestock and Agroforestry Production-- This project will focus on a training program about Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices in conjunction with financial incentives for ag producers who implement the CSA practices. The goal is to expand CS agriculutre throughout Missouri, and serve as a teaching model for other states.
Lead Partner: The Curators of the University of Missouri
Major Partners: Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Center for Agroforestry, Lincoln University, MO Soybean Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Corn Growers Assoc./Merchandising Council, MO Cattlemen’s Association, MO Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, EarthDance, STAR Program, ESMC, MO Departs. of Ag., Natural Resources & Conservation, U.S Geological Survey, MO Agribusiness Association, MFA Inc., MO Fertilizer Control Board, Kansas City Food Hub, FarmRaise, MARC-IV Consulting, Nestle-Purina, Show-Me Energy, Mid-America Biofuels, MO Prime Beef Packers
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Cotton, Beef, Forage, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Camelina --This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.
Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets --A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Growing Value for Producers --This project will create and pilot-test a farmer-friendly system that builds capacity with institutions interacting with a range of producers, including underserved producers, to support adoption of climate smart practices and interact with commodity buyers in climate-smart markets.
Lead Partner: Winrock International Institute for Agriculture Development
Major Partners: Arva Intelligence, Blue Raster, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Riceland Foods Inc
Major Commodities: Rice, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Horizon II: A climate-smart future for corn, soybean, livestock, and renewable natural gas production--This project will enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve carbon sequestration in the production of corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities, while creating opportunities for small and historically underserved producers and benefitting soil health, clean water, flood control, and habitats for native wildlife.
Lead Partner: Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC
Major Partners: Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, Verdesian, Veterans in Agriculture
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Pork, Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

National Pork Board's Advancing US Pork Sustainability and Market Value Proposal--The goal of this project is to increase the sustainability of U.S. pork products by advancing climate-smart agriculture practices within the feed supply, thereby maintaining market demand and price premiums in a rapidly evolving consumer world. The geography of focus – Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri – encapsulates a concentration of pork facilities supported by local grain production, representing a key region of the overall supply chain.
Lead Partner: National Pork Board
Major Partners: National Pork Board, Nestle, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Ducks Unlimited, Trust in Food (Farm Journal), Farm Credit Council, Millborn Seed
Major Commodities: Pork, Rice, Soybeans, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities--This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support historically underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future.
Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Scaling up the industrial hemp supply chain as carbon negative feedstock for fuel and fiber--This project will help with commercializing hemp crops while driving soil carbon sequestration and climate resilience. The project aims to provide effective valuation and monetization of environmental services, including carbon dioxide removal via implementation of new genetics and management practices to increase sustainability of hemp as an annual crop in the U.S.
Lead Partner: Lincoln University
Major Partners: National Hemp Association, Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Missouri Organic Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Oklahoma Farmers Union, ShowMe State Hemp Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Donald Danforth Plant Science Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Prairie View A&M Univ., St. Louis Univ., Southeast Missouri State Univ., Univ. of Missouri, Benchmark Design, Cquester Analytics, DTE Materials, HempWood, Midwest Natural Fiber, New West Genetics, REA Resource Recovery Systems, Rockwater, Renaissance Fiber
Major Commodities: Hemp
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $5,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Mississippi

ClimateSmartGoods.com - Set Your Table and Lower Your Footprint
The project plans to select farms in Mississippi and South Carolina to demonstrate the implementation of conservation/production plans – “Smart Crop Plans”, supporting the creation of a corresponding knowledge-based training platform. Project partners also plan to provide professional marketing consultant to advise on packaging, branding and marketing of “Climate Smart” products and connecting the products with retail and wholesale markets.

Lead Partner: Up in Farms LLC
Other Major Partners: Up in Farms, Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina, DRA Resources, Florida A&M University, Microsoft, NASA HBCU, Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Chulahoma's Garden LLC, BrightMa Farms, Piney Woods School, Warehouses 4 Good
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

Improved Practices of Climate-Smart Livestock Production Systems and Agricultural Commodities while Enhancing Carbon Sequestration in the Southern USA: Innovating toward a new climate-smart commodity by investing in minority producers
The project plans to work with minority small producers to implement silvopasture systems and climate-resilient forage systems. Producers would receive incentives that enable their participation in climate-smart pilots and continued implementation, including reduced feed costs, carbon credit profits, and value-added products. Partners would create a mobile processing and marketing system to support the local, farm-direct meat production pipeline in a climate-conscious manner. The marketing pipeline combine farmers’ markets, local restaurants, craft butcher shops, and direct to-consumer approaches.
 
Lead Partner: Tuskegee University
Other Major Partners: Mississippi State University, Alabama A&M University, Langston University, Widget Development & Trading Company
Major Commodities: Sheep and Goats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,081,100

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers
All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG)Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

Increasing Farm Resource Efficiency by Utilizing On-Site Post-Production Food Byproducts into Innovative Fertilizers and Climate-Smart Commodities 
Project participants would use innovative technology to convert crop residue into two high-value fertilizers for soil, foliar, or hydroponic use, and market resulting climate-smart commodities. Grower economic benefits include: premium pricing for carbon-smart commodities, reduced fertilizer costs, reduced water consumption and related costs, potential reduction in environmental regulatory compliance/fees (where applicable) and expanded marketing opportunities to Re-Nuble or local markets 

Lead Partner: Re-Nuble, Inc 
Other Major Partners: Helianth Partners, IPM Institute, Purple Thumb Farm, Kreher Family Farms, Blake Farms, Uncle Jerry’s Farm 
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,697,000 

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

National Black Growers Council Regenerative Agriculture Pilot Program
In this project, the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) plans to work with historically underserved farmers to test regenerative agricultural practices and determine which are best suited for various regions and farm types in the Southeast United States. Once complete, NBGC plans to scale up participation to include additional farmers, providing incentives to increase adoption of regenerative agricultural practices and leveraging market data to sell products to corporate partners who need to meet corporate sustainability goals.

Lead Partner: National Black Growers Council
Other Major Partners: Cargill, Bayer, Syngenta
Major Commodities: Cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, peanuts, canola, and grain sorghum
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,789,000

Urban Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Farm Initiative
The Urban Ag Climate Smart Commodities Farm Initiative intends to reach underserved, socially disadvantaged, primarily African American producers and provide financial incentives to Urban Ag Groups and Farmers to encourage participation in the program.  This five-state pilot program would work with small and/or underserved producers to increase the supply and demand for Climate-Smart Commodities in rural and urban markets. The project would assist with purchasing items producers may need to set up climate-smart retail operations. Participants would also receive an UrbanAg Climate-Smart Commodities Marketing Toolkit and access to marketing bootcamps teaching farmers and partnering Urban Ag groups how to market climate-smart commodities to potential consumers. Participants would complete a survey at the beginning of the program to access their awareness and/or knowledge of Climate-Smart Agriculture, their willingness to adopt the practices and to determine what they might need to be successful.

Lead Partner: MCL JASCO, INC
Other Major Partners: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn University, Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, Jackson State University, Michigan State University, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, Washtenaw County Community College, Wayne County Community College
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,600

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

AGriCapture Climate-Friendly Rice--This project will benefit climate-smart farmers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas and California while expanding climate-smart rice markets and guaranteeing a supply of climate-smart rice to customers. All farms will be certified under the ACFRS.
Lead Partner: AgriCapture, Inc.
Major Partners: Univ. of MO, Cedar Woods Consulting, Agri Process Innovation, Regrow, Deveron, Dainty Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Blue Apron, McKaskle Family Farm, Arknsas River Rice Mill, Anheuser-Busch, Rerout Marketing
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $7,500,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Developing climate-smart grain markets in the Mid-South through diverse partnerships and a farming-systems approach to practice integration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.--This project seeks to demonstrate the viability of growing climate smart (CS) grains that are sold to poultry feed operations. This project will develop a pilot program for grain producers to utilize multiple CS practices to achieve Green House Gas (GHG) reductions. The pilot program includes a monitoring /verification system, local market opportunity for direct sale and tracking CS grain to broiler operations.
Lead Partner: Mississippi State University
Major Partners: Southern Ag Services, Inc., University of Arkansas, Conservation Solutions LLC, Alcorn State University
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Poultry
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Elevated Foods Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities --This project will implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on a large-scale across cropland planted to fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Partners propose to implement practices on hundreds of thousands of acres planted to fruit and vegetables in key growing regions across the United States, and extend the producer reach to urban farmers in Orange County, California, and the Navajo Nation, to meet the needs of small and historically underserved producers.
Lead Partner: Elevated Foods
Major Partners: California Department of Food & Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, AgLaunch, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Feeding the Northwest, CropTrak, Regenified, Synoptek
Major Commodities: Apples, Grapes, Fruits and Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Producer Led Collaborative Effort to Fundamentally Transition the U.S. Beef Supply Chain to Carbon Neutral--This eight-state project will amplify production of climate-smart beef by expanding market drivers, grassroots support networks, and early adopter mentors and providing technical assistance for the adoption of Climate-smart grazing practices to substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The project will also support farmers in protecting their land through permanent easements to help ensure that the soil health and climate benefits from those practices continue far into the future.
Lead Partner: American Farmland Trust
Major Partners: American Farmland Trust, The Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Ag, AgriWebb, Freedmen Heirs Foundation, Earth Optics, Regenified, OpenTEAM, U.S. Biochar Initiative, Virginia Forage and Grasslands Council, Maryland Grazers Network, Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition, Mountains to Bay Grazing Alliance, Black Family Land Trust, Minority & Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont, and Farmer Veteran Coalition
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Rice Stewardship Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities--This project will build climate-smart rice markets and work to reduce methane emissions in rice production through the adoption of alternate wetting and drying, furrow irrigation, and other climate-smart practices and support historically underserved producers by improving critical infrastructure necessary to implement climate-smart practices in the future.
Lead Partner: USA Rice Federation, Inc
Major Partners: National Black Growers Council; Warehouses4Good; Entergy Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; USA Rice; California Rice Commission; Delta F.A.R.M.; Walmart Corporation; Walmart Foundation; Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company; The Mosaic Company; RiceTec, Inc.; Anheuser-Busch; Riceland Foods; Delta Plastics; Corteva Agriscience; Field to Market; Arva Intelligence; Regrow; University of Arkansas; Mars; Kellogg’s.
Major Commodities: Rice
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

SmartAgGro Pilot Program provides technical and builds partnership markets to America’s ClimateSmart Farmers, Ranchers & Forest Owners to Strengthen U.S. Rural and Agricultural Communities.--This project will implement a scalable climate-smart marketing strategy to assist underserved farmers in Mississippi Congressional District 2 adopt climate-smart practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in production of beef and other products.
Lead Partner: Vanguard (OTE) Consortium
Major Partners: Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Rust College, Mississippi Valley State University, Cindy Ayers, Amerimac Chemical Corp
Major Commodities: Beef, Soybeans, Corn, Forage, Pork
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Montana

Growing the Impossible: Climate Smart Commodities in Tribal Homelands
This project plans to provide technical assistance, training, financial incentives and business planning and marketing support for climate-smart commodities produced on tribal homelands.  This project plans to support climate-smart practices, including adaptive multi-paddock higher intensity rotational grazing which lead to increased soil organic carbon storage. The work is planned to align with holistic Blackfeet-specific regenerative grazing strategies in direct partnership with Tribal land managers and individual producers.

Lead Partner: Piikani Lodge Health Institute (PLHI)
Other Major Partners: Piikani Lodge Health Institute, Blackfeet Community College, Blackfeet Environmental Office, Montana State University, Soils Lab, Montana State University, Buffalo Nations Food Systems Initiative, Montana State University, Native Lands Project, Animo Partnership in Natural Resources LLC, Montana Audubon, Western Sustainability Exchange, SciGaia, Crystal Springs and Flower Hill Institute, Chris Roper Services and Flower Hill Institute, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,900,000

Improving Access to Grazing Resources for Native American Farmers and Ranchers
Native American farmers and ranchers would receive technical assistance and education, and at least $1 million in direct payments to support the adoption of climate-smart practices like rotational grazing and planting of native grasses. Partners plan to assist participants with validating greenhouse gas emission reductions and marketing climate-smart commodities, including creating marketable emission offsets or credits.

Lead Partner: Farm Journal Agricultural Foundation
Other Major Partners: Farm Journal Foundation, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Yield Lab Institute
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,925,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Building a Regenerative Ranching Economy in the West--This project will implement climate-smart grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
Lead Partner: Sustainable Northwest
Major Partners: Country Natural Beef, Beef Northwest, Northway Ranch Services, Syracuse University, Quantis International, Stockpot Collective, Washington State University, Colorado State University, RaboResearch & Food Agribusiness-North America
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool --This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.
Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State Univeristy Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Camelina --This large-scale pilot project aims to measure and validate the climate-smart advantages of camelina sativa (L.) in both rotational and winter cover crop production systems. The project will accelerate farmer adoption of camelina as a non-food crop grown on idle acres to produce more plant-based feedstock for renewable biofuels and chemicals with low carbon intensity and no land-use change while increasing carbon capture in the soil.
Lead Partner: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.
Major Partners: Sustainable Oils, Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, ExxonMobil, Farmobile/AGI, Davis Instruments, Pessl Instruments, EarthDaily Agro, Intelinair, Earth Optics, Yard Stick, ARVA Intelligence
Major Commodities: Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast--Covering America from Coast to Coast: This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that result in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart (CS) specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina.
Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding the STAR Program Across Colorado and the West --This project offers a comprehensive approach that empowers conservation districts and other eligible entities to help build climate-smart markets and provide technical assistance to a diverse range of producers; provides three years of financial and technical assistance to producers; quantifies and verifies climate benefits on behalf of producers; develops a rating as a market signal so participants earn more for products grown with healthy soil practices; and evaluates and validates carbon and soil-water research for the arid West.
Lead Partner: Colorado Department of Agriculture
Major Partners: Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts & other Conservation Districts, Colorado Open Lands, Colorado State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Sangre de Cristo Association of Acequias, Univ. of Idaho, Montana State Univ., New Mexico State Univ., Utah State University, Univ. of Wyoming, Audubon Society, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, Acres USA, Quivira Coalition, Yardstick, Zero Foodprint, Bob’s Red Mill, Quinn Snacks
Major Commodities: Beef, Corn, Grains
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Reducing GHG emissions and improving soil carbon sequestration potential through high-carbon soil amendment--This pilot project will support expansion of climate-smart markets and implementation of climate-smart practices to augment conservation Best Management Practices and generate reference data to support development of regionally optimized ecosystem services models. The geographic focus of this project (CO, NE, WY, MT) has naturally low basal soil organic carbon, which means greater sequestration potential.
Lead Partner: The Western Sugar Cooperative
Major Partners: Crow Tribe, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, University of Wyoming; Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center; Colorado State University
Major Commodities: Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $6,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

North Carolina

Activating Food Hub Networks for Climate-Smart Agriculture and Rural Revitalization
This project promotes climate-smart agriculture practices among small and underserved producers, including tribal producers, principally by equipping food hubs to finance and advise on-farm climate-smart practice implementation and marketing to wholesale and direct-to-consumer channels. Participating farmers, who would receive technical assistance and training, would implement intensive rotational grazing; multispecies cover crops, crop rotation and reduced tillage/no-till; compost and biochar.  

Lead Partner: Working Landscapes
Other Major Partners: North Carolina State University Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina A&T State University (BCU) Cooperative Extension, Resourceful Communities Partnership of the Conservation Fund, Croatan Institute, Haliwa Saponi Tribe, Weaver Street Market, Fruitful Innovation Group, Bender Farms, CEFS North Carolina 10% Campaign, Lumbee Farmers Cooperative (representing four Native American farmers), Davis Farms Sandy Creek (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Hunt’s Farm (small, African-American owned produce and livestock farm), Bender Farms (small produce and row crop farm), Fourtee Acres (an African-American owned produce, row crop, and timber farm), Working Landscapes, Farmer Foodshare, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Men & Women United, TRACTOR
Major Commodities: Corn & Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,900

Increasing Accessibility to Regenerative Farming Practices and Markets for Small and/or Underserved Producers
All pilot participants would be paid a stipend to cover time spent on climate-smart regenerative farm planning and emissions reduction plan design. Each farm would also have access to incentive payments, dependent on their emissions reductions and specific implementation of Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices. A Greener World plans to provide customized marketing support to all project producers. Partners would ensure all outreach and technical assistance efforts are culturally-relevant and would assist producers in becoming Certified Regenerative which allows them to access new climate-smart markets and sell commodities for a higher premium.

Lead Partner: Greener World
Other Major Partners: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Sub-contractor/Evaluation Partner, Soil Health Institute (SHI), National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), National Co-op Grocers (NCG)Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)
Major Commodities: Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops; Beef, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,000,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC 
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

Building Soil, Building Equity: Accelerating a Regenerative Farming Movement in Appalachia and the Southeast--This project seeks to build climate-smart markets and sequester carbon over thousands of acres of Appalachian and rural southeastern land through strategic recruitment from networks of producers. The project will use education, outreach, technical assistance and incentivizing producers to adopt CSA.
Lead Partner: Accelerating Appalachia
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technologies, Kentucky State University, Working Trees from Stanford University’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Carbon Harvest
Major Commodities: Fruit and Vegetables, Row Crops, Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Climate Beneficial Fiber: Building New, Accessible, and Equitable Market Opportunities for Climate-Smart Cotton and Wool --This project will expand the existing Climate Beneficial™ fiber program: a system for sequestering carbon, regenerating soil health and resilience, improving social equity, and bolstering America's ability to produce fiber. A newly created, open-source, Carbon Farm Planning and Verification Platform will streamline climate smart agriculture planning and verification for producers, verifiers, and supply chain stakeholders.
Lead Partner: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Inc.
Major Partners: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State Univeristy Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, Fibershed, Seed 2 Shirt, New York Textile Lab
Major Commodities: Sheep, Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Climate Change --This project will expand climate-smart markets and help finance partnerships and incentivize farmers to advance the Organic Valley Carbon Insetting Program. Organic Valley will use two strategies to reduce supply chain emissions: mitigate GHG emissions and maximize opportunities for carbon sequestration, focusing specifically on dairy and eggs as the climate-smart commodities.
Lead Partner: Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools
Major Partners: Good Company, SustainCERT, PUR Project, Yardstick, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Planet Labs, American Farmland Trust, Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Agrilab Technologies, Inc., Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Amicus Solar Cooperative, Carissa Stein Consulting, GDS Engineering, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Interlace Commons, Sarah Flack Consulting, Savanna Institute, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Trees for Graziers, Stonyfield Organic, Nancy’s Organic/Springfield Creamery, General Mills/Annie’s
Major Commodities: Dairy, Eggs
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing: Engaging in Community-Science--This project brings together 20 farming and agroforestry organizations, serving over 20,000 small to mid-scale and underserved farmers who are uniquely impacted by climate change. The project will include soil health and financial benchmark community science; peer-to-peer learning and support; expanded implementation of climate-smart practices; carbon benefits calculation and verification; and, income stream innovations that result in increased sales from farms and forest lands that use and promote climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Major Partners: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, farmOS, Future Harvest, Maine Farmland Trust, ME Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, OpenTEAM, Our-SCI/SurveyStack, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan, and Western PA Conservancy, Keystone Tree Crops Cooperative, Keystone Cooperative Development Center, Kimberton Whole Foods, Kitchen Table Consultants, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Food MarketMaker Program, Pa Flax, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Soil Health Coalition, Stroud Water Resource Center, and TeamAg
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Flax, Livestock, Agroforestry, Specialty crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $55,000,000

Climate-Smart Grasslands: The Root of Agricultural Carbon Markets --A diverse partnership of 28 entities will develop climate-smart grasslands agriculture for the eastern US through a large-scale pilot project. The project collaborates with 245 working farms to install innovative, scientifically sound practices that improve soil carbon storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain operational profitability and resiliency.
Lead Partner: The University of Tennessee
Major Partners: Univ. of AR, KY, MO AL Cooperative Extension, Clemson Univ., NC State University, Purdue Univ., TN State Univ., Univ. of TN, VA State University, and VA Tech, Tyson Foods Inc., JBS, Corteva, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Ecosystem Services Marketing Consortium, American Forage & Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, multiple state cattle associations, American and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federations, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, Monarch Joint Venture, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, TN Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Conservation, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Major Commodities: Beef, Small Ruminants, Dairy, Forage
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Engaging Family Forests to Improve Climate-Smart Commodities (EFFICACI)-This project will address the relationship between family forest owners, the forest products industry, and broader climate goals across the eastern US. The goal is to build a region-wide CSC forest program that leverages the field-tested Family Forest Carbon Program, an engaged and trusted landowner network, and advanced digital forestry tools to engage traditional and underserved partners and advance the production and marketing of CSC forest products.
Lead Partner: American Forest Foundation
Major Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Purdue University, Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Women Owning Woodlands
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Quantifying the Potential to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Carbon Sequestration by Growing and Marketing Climate-Smart Commodities in the Southern Piedmont -- Aimed at the southern piedmont vegetable farming community, this proposal will utilize a interdisciplinary system approach including farmer adoption, understanding economic/social barriers, market/consumer buy-in, utlizing technology and easing burden on farmers. The results of the project will build climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increases carbon sequestration, increase farmer economic opportunities and adoption of climate-smart agriculture. Leading partner: Rodale Institute
Major Partners: University of Georgia, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Georgia Organics, Emory University, University of Georgia, Soil Health Institute, University of Tennessee, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Major Commodities: Vegetables
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $25,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

TRACT Program: Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber--This project addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S. and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
Lead Partner: Oregon Climate Trust
Major Partners: Arbor Day Carbon, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, Nez Perce Tribe, TerraCarbon
Major Commodities: Timber, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $15,000,000

U.S. Climate Smart Cotton Program --This project will build markets for climate-smart cotton and provide technical and financial assistance to over 1,000 U.S. cotton farmers, including historically underserved cotton producers, to advance adoption of climate smart practices on more than 1 million acres, producing more than 4 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton over five years, and demonstrate major CO2e reductions and millions of dollars of economic benefits to farmers.
Lead Partner: US Cotton Trust Protocol
Major Partners: US Cotton Trust Protocol, Soil Health Institute, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, Agricenter International, North Carolina A&T State U, Alabama A&T U, Texas AgriLife.
Major Commodities: Cotton
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

North Dakota

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities 
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast--Covering America from Coast to Coast: This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that result in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart (CS) specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina.
Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) Partnership: Supporting Agricultural Producers at All Scales to Deliver Productivity, Market Opportunities, and Enhanced Soil, Water, and Climate Benefits--This project will build climate-smart markets for a variety of agricutural commodities and help to make adopting climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices more economically viable for producers by compensating them at a rate that guarantees and reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs..
Lead Partner: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major Partners: Rural Partnership to Protect the Environment (RIPE), Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, North Dakota Farmers Union, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Agricultural Council of Arkansas, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Assoc., Natl. Assoc. of Conservation Districts, National Black Growers Council, Sustainable Food Lab, Environmental Initiative, and Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR)
Major Commodities: Corn, Rice, Beef, Pork, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Nebraska

Growing, Marketing, and Measuring the Climate-Smart Impacts of Organic Grain & Field Crops
This multistate project plans to enroll field crop farmers already engaged in organic grain production or desiring to transition to organic systems. Each participating farmer would receive an enrollment incentive for the duration of the project that would compensate them for their time, farming expenses, implementing climate-smart agriculture practices like cover crops and diverse crop rotations, attending regional Grower Summits, assisting with monitoring greenhouse gas benefits on their farm, and working with Field Service Coordinators. Each producer would also work with field service coordinators and marketers to develop an Individual Marketing Plan, aimed at promoting the commodities that they are producing.

Lead Partner: Marbleseed (formerly Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Inc.
Other Major Partners: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association (OEFFA); OFARM Cooperatives, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), Tennessee State University (TSU), Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA)
Major Commodities: Wheat, Grains, Specialty and Organic Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,500,000

Iowa Tribe Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture (CERNA) Innovation Pilot Program
The Center for Excellence in Regenerative Native Agriculture Pilot Program plans to educate Native American participants on climate-smart practices, provide long lasting benefits to soil and water health through climate-smart practices, and expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The CERNA Project plans to provide each producer annual incentives and premium payments and a one-time financial assistance payment for the necessary education and training needed to implement climate-smart practices.  Additionally, CERNA plans to directly support farmers by purchasing 100 percent of all eligible climate-smart commodities produced under this project, which would hold the “Regenified” label under premium contracts.

Lead Partner: Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Other Major Partners: Terramera, Regenified, Understanding Ag, Soil Health Academy, John Deere Director of Emerging Technology, Taste Profit Marketing, Oatly, Cooks Ventures, Global Processing, Bratney, Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Grey Snow Management Solutions, The Akana Group, The Intertribal Ag Council
Major Commodities: Corn, Soy, Fruit, Vegetables and Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,700

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,995,000

Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership 
This Proximity Climate-Smart Partnership plans to financially assist farms, and other partners, in developing and implementing regenerative barley practices and building a climate-smart barley market. Participating producers, who meet the science-backed certification requirements, would receive an additional percent premium over conventional barley contract pricing plus an annual transition incentive during the project. Funds may be used farmers to obtain equipment necessary for transitioning to regenerative barley. A percentage of funds, partially used for subsidizing verification services, would be set aside specifically for small and underserved farmers who would receive priority. 

Lead Partner: Proximity Malt LLC
Other Major Partners: Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC); Grey Snow Management Solutions: An Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Company; New Belgium Brewing; Brown-Forman; Brewers Association; Founders Brewing Company; Odell Brewing Company
Major Commodities: Barley 
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,999,500

ADM and Partners' Climate-Smart Solutions--This project will utilize incentive payments to thousands of producers across 15 state to adopt and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA). Part of the project will include engagement of ADM's 5,000 underserved producers to promote CSA opportunities, resulting in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and removals. Leading partner: Archer -Daniels-Midland
Major Partners: ARTCO (wholly owned ADM subsidiary), Costco, DKY, EarthOptics, Farmers Business Network, Field to Market, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, Food Works Group, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Mid-America Biofuels (ADM Joint Venture), National Black Growers Council, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Peanuts, Sorghum, Flax, Hemp, Canola, Edible Beans, Pulse Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) --This project, which will reach across 28 states, aims to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale adoption of climate-smart practices, and sustainably produce grain and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits.
Lead Partner: Truterra, LLC.
Major Partners: Ag Gateway, Biofiltro, Continuum Ag, ESRI, Equilibrium Capital, Farmobile, FarmRaise, John Deere, La Crosse Seed, Macquarie, Microsoft, Northern Star Seed, Sound Ag, Strand Gard Stewardship, WinField United, American Farmland Trust, Black Family Land Trust, Farm Credit Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Minorities in Ag, Natrl. Res. & Related Sciences, Soil Health Institute, Butcher Box, Campbell Soup, Green Plains, Hershey, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Nestle Purina, Perdue, Primient, Tate & Lyle, Cloud Ag, Colorado State Univ., SustainCert & 50 ag retail coops.
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

Climate-Smart Specialty Grains and Oilseeds: Covering America from Coast to Coast--Covering America from Coast to Coast: This project increases on-farm crop rotations via a holistic management soil health protocol that result in identity preserved specialty grains and oilseeds, as well as a new category of climate-smart cover crop seed. The climate-smart (CS) specialty grains and oilseeds project will encourage farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest to raise oats, rye, flax, buckwheat, and winter camelina.
Lead Partner: Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Major Partners: AgSpire, EarthOptics, High Plains Biochar, Biochar Co-Op, Value Added Agriculture Development Center, Grain Millers Inc., Iowa Cover Crop
Major Commodities: Oats, Rye, Flax, Buckwheat, Camelina
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

Connected Ag Climate-Smart Commodities Pilot Project--This project will expand climate-smart markets for many agricultural commodities and provide direct payments, technical assistance, and data management strategies to producers of row crops, beef, dairy, pork, and other commodities to adopt climate-smart practices and strategies.
Lead Partner: Farm Journal, Inc
Major Partners: Tuskegee University, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, AGI/Farmobile, AgriWebb, Certis Biologicals, Ducks Unlimited, Farm Journal Foundation, National Pork Board, SIMPAS, The Sustainability Consortium, Trimble
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Small Ruminants, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $40,000,000

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Farmer-led Climate Smart Commodities Initiative: Building Success from the Ground Up--This project will expand climate-smart markets and establish dairy and sugar as climate-smart commodities by implementing climate-smart production practices, improving business practices, improving business practices for climate-smart commodities, and making use of data and information collected to inform future standards.
Lead Partner: Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
Major Partners: Farmers for Sustainable Food, The Nature Conservancy, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Clean Wisconsin, Agropur, Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership, Center for Farm Financial Management, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, AgCentric - MN Farm Business Management, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, Houston Engineering, Inc., Farmobile, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, American Sugar Beet Growers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
Major Commodities: Dairy, Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $50,000,000

Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets --This project will build climate-smart markets and increase capital investments in tree planting that will increase the supply of agroforestry commodities utilizing a network of leaders in forestry. Working directly with manufacturers and retailers to connect potential buyers with producers (including underserved producers).
Lead Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Major Partners: Propagate, Savanna Institute, Tuskegee University, University of MO Center for Agroforestry, VA Tech, Hawai’i ‘Ulu Cooperative, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Canopy Farm Management, Cargill, Handsome Brook Farm, NY Tree Crop Alliance, Practical Farmers of IA, Resource Environmental Solutions, Sustainable Farming Association, Trees Forever, Trees for Graziers, University of Illinois, Association For Temperate Agroforestry, Osage Nation, Agroforestry Partners, Live Oak Bank, Walnut Level Capital, Yard Stick, Propagate, Working Trees, University of Hawaii, Cargill, Danone, Applegate, Epic Institute, General Mills, Current Cassis, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative, Simple Mills, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, 1890 Consortium, AgLaunch Early Adopter Network, Lincoln University, and Tuskegee University
Major Commodities: Nuts, Berries, Beef, Fruit Trees, Forest Products
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

Farmers for Soil Health Climate Smart Commodities Partnership--This project proposes to accelerate long-term cover crop adoption by creating a platform to incentivize farmers. The platform will quantify, verify, and facilitate the sale of ecosystem benefits, creating a marketplace to generate demand for climate-smart commodities. This project plans to support the implementation of more than 1 million acres of crop crops across 20 states. It also plans to enable corn and soybean commodity groups to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals while supporting their farmer members and advancing more productive and sustainable practices.
Lead Partner: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Major Partners: Farmers for Soil Health (National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Pork Board), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Association of Conservation Districts, Soil Health Institute, University of Missouri, Sustainability Consortium, Data Transmission Network, The Walton Family Foundation
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Low Carbon Beef USDA Pilot Program: A Fully Integrated Lifecycle Approach to Reduce GHG Emissions from Beef Cattle at Commercial Scale--This project will help to implement climate-smart methods in beef production, reducing GHG emissions and generating carbon credit revenue for producers.
Lead Partner: Low Carbon Beef LLC.
Major Partners: Low Carbon Beef, ABS Global, Where Food Comes From Inc, AgSpire and Millborn Seeds Inc, Tiffany Cattle Co Inc, Missouri Prime Beef Packers, Alga Biosciences, Vytelle USA, Elanco Animal Health Inc, Helical Solar Solutions LLC
Major Commodities: Beef, Grass
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $10,000,000

Midwest Climate-Smart Commodity Program--This project will build markets and provide funding to farmers via outcome-based contracts for the reduction and removal of carbon dioxide through the adoption of new climate-smart practices. The remaining project funding will support farmer enrollment assistance, carbon quantification, technical assistance support, measurement, reporting and verification, and underserved farmer outreach and enrollment. Monitoring for this project is planned to include remote sensing, field inspections, farmer operational records, field audits and soil sampling. The project plans to research and develop practice verification, technology infrastructure and distributed accounting system to measure and trace climate-smart corn through a closed supply chain.
Lead Partner: Iowa Soybean Association
Major Partners: ReHarvest Partners, PepsiCo, Cargill, Renewable Energy Group, Ingredion, Target, JBS, Coca-Cola, Mano y Ola, FarmRaise, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $95,000,000

Reducing GHG emissions and improving soil carbon sequestration potential through high-carbon soil amendment--This pilot project will support expansion of climate-smart markets and implementation of climate-smart practices to augment conservation Best Management Practices and generate reference data to support development of regionally optimized ecosystem services models. The geographic focus of this project (CO, NE, WY, MT) has naturally low basal soil organic carbon, which means greater sequestration potential.
Lead Partner: The Western Sugar Cooperative
Major Partners: Crow Tribe, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, University of Wyoming; Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center; Colorado State University
Major Commodities: Sugarbeets
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $6,000,000

Strengthening Grassroots Leadership & Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Historically Underserved Producers' Access to Markets--This project will work through its network of 3,000 conservation districts throughout the nation to grow and advance grassroots efforts to ensure producers and local communities are prepared to meet the demand and have access to climate-smart commodity markets.
Lead Partner: National Association of Conservation Districts
Major Partners: Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund. Additional partners include the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, HabiTerre, Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Sorghum, Rice, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $90,000,000

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovative Finance Initiative --This project, covering more than 30 states, will use innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate climate-smart practice uptake by farmers, leveraging private sector demand to strengthen markets for climate-smart commodities. Partners will provide technical assistance and additional financial incentives to a diverse array of producers across a range of commodities, tying climate-smart practices to commodity purchases and creating a scalable model for private sector investment.
Lead Partner: Field to Market
Major Partners: Akiptan & Intertribal Agriculture Council, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, PepsiCo, Farmers Business Network, EDF, Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois Corn Growers Association, PCM, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Growers Edge, Mondelēz, Michigan State University, Coop Elevator
Major Commodities: Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Peanuts, Wheat, Potatoes, Barley, Sorghum, Alfalfa, Peanuts, Rice, Sugarbeets, Livestock
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

The GEVO Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program--The project aims to create critical structural market incentives for low carbon-intensity (CI) corn as well as to accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the sector’s dependency on fossil-based fuel. This project includes an immediate market opportunity to sell climate-smart, low-climate-impact corn.
Lead Partner: Gevo, Inc.
Major Partners: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC, Google, Farmers Edge, EarthOptics, South Dakota State University, Regen Ag Labs, Yard Stick, Double H Ag Services, Farmers Edge, AgSpire, PrairieFood, Stine Seed Farm, Holganix, Trace Genomics, MidState Agronomy, Double H Ag Services, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Standing Rock (SAGE) Renewable Energy Power Authority
Major Commodities: Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $30,000,000

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities--This project will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing & land management practices. The project will guide & educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making, and directly impact market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets. Lead university: South Dakota State University
Major Partners: South Dakota State extension, SDSU Center for Excellence for Bison Studies, National Bison Association, Agspire, Tanka fund, Buffalo Ridge Cattle Company, Cold Creek Buffalo Company, MIllborn Seeds, SmartScore.ai, Yard Stick, Texas A & M, C-Lock
Major Commodities: Beef, Bison
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $80,000,000

The Growing GRASS & Climate-Smart Value-Added U.S. Commodity Markets Project (Growing GRASS Project)--This multi-year project will pilot, test and evaluate how the GRASS supply chain can be optimized for value and climate performance from farm and ranch to markets, starting with the greenhouse gas benefits of grazing systems.
Lead Partner: American Sustainable Business Institute Inc.
Major Partners: Roots of Change, CA Cattlemen’s Association, American Grassfed Association, Pure Strategies, UC Davis Food Systems Lab, IC-Foods, Autocase, Health Research Institute Labs, Other Half Processing SBC, Regenerative Rising, Lookin.to, Textile Exchange,
Major Commodities: Beef
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $35,000,000

The Partnership to Define Climate-Smart Commodities Impact and Unlock Consumer Demand (TSIP Partnership for Impact and Demand) --This project will buld climate-smart markets and streamline field data collection and combine sample results with modeling to make impact quantifications accurate and locally specific but also scalable. Targeted farms produce value-added and direct-to-consumer specialty crops as well as the 19 most common row crops in the United States.
Lead Partner: The Meridian Institute
Major Partners: The Soil Inventory Project, Corteva Agriscience, Jackson Family Wines, Cakebread Cellars, A to Z Wineworks, Medlock Ames, Ridge Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Spottswoode Estate and Vineyard & Winery, Crimson Wine Group, The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Nature4Justice, Vayda
Major Commodities: Grapes, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Row Crops, Specialty Crops
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $20,000,000

Transforming the Farmer-to-Consumer Supply Chain with Climate Smart Agriculture Partnerships--This program will focus on creating end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate smart commodities, focusing on dairy feedstock and including a manure management component.
Lead Partner: Carbon A List LLC
Major Partners: Danone North America, over 350 independent U.S. Farmers, Target, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), University of Wisconsin, Verra, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc., Scoular, Swampy Hollow Farms, McCarty Oats, Lakeview Organic Grains
Major Commodities: Dairy, Soy, Oats
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $70,000,000

Tyson Foods, Inc. Climate-Smart Commodities Project --This project will expand climate-smart markets and increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions in the production of beef and row crops for livestock feed. Small and underserved producers will receive technical assistance and incentive payments to increase their capacity to reduce emissions and adopt climate-smart practices.
Lead Partner: Tyson Foods, Inc
Major Partners: Tyson, Bayer, USFRA, Griffith Foods, Scoular, Landus, ALCC, McDonald's, Deloitte Consulting, Where Food Comes From, Iowa Select, WBCSD, Native American Tribal Communities.
Major Commodities: Beef, Poultry, Pork, Corn
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $60,000,000

New Hampshire

Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities
This project plans to make direct payments and provide technical assistance to small-scale dairy farmers to implement climate-smart grazing management. The resulting climate-smart milk is planned to be marketed through a shared digital marketing campaign and tactical marketing tools to accelerate consumer awareness and build trust and industry adoption. A network of the farms are also planned to serve as training sites, enabling the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program to aid producers in expanding their positive climate impacts while generating revenue.

Lead Partner: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Inc.
Other Major Partners: Institute of Food Technologists, Taste Profit Marketing, Cedar Grove Cheese, Painterland Sisters, Uplands Cheese, Colorado State University, University of Missouri, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Major Commodities: Dairy
Approximate Funding Ceiling: $4,770,000

Measuring the Climate Benefits and Emissions of Prescribed Sheep Grazing, and Promoting the Consumption of Climate-Smart Lamb
The American Lamb Board’s (ALB) project plans to measure and report carbon sequestration, soil health and other greenhouse gas benefits, and associated ecosystem services provided by prescribed sheep grazing on four different pilot demonstration sites throughout the United States and market the resulting climate-smart lamb products. Underserved producers are planned to receive funding for implementing climate-smart practices and technical assistance with farm plan development, LCA estimates, and reporting and verification.

Lead Partner: American Lamb Board
Other Major Partners: Capra Ranch, Star Creek Land Stewards Inc, John Helle, Schoeder Grazing Company, American Lamb Board, Resource Environmental Solutions and the Mammoth North Solar Grazing Pilot, American Sheep Industry Association, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Public Lands Council, Bureau of Land Management, National Grazing Lands Coalition, American Solar Grazing Association, California Lamb Board, Superior Farms, Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute, Michigan State University, UC Berkeley, Montana State University, Texas A&M
Major Commodities: Sheep
Approximate Fu