SoAR and Partners Awarded $80M USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture Grant

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) is pleased to announce that we are an implementing partner of a recently awarded $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities

The project, titled 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, is led by Virginia Tech University and incorporates fifteen additional 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). 

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 a reasonable return, with a price floor that surpasses costs. 

“We are honored to work with so many great partners to advance climate-smart agriculture through the RIPE Partnership,” said Karl Anderson, SoAR’s President. “We look forward to bringing scientists and farmers together to help make this a great success.”

SoAR will specifically support the project as it looks to maximize agricultural productivity alongside farm-level adoption of conservation practices as well as the development of novel payment tools to ensure farmers receive a return on their investment from adopting conservation and climate-smart agriculture practices. 

This three-year grant will primarily focus on pilot projects in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Virginia and work with corn, rice, beef, pork, and dairy farmers in those states.

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