HabiTerre is excited to be selected as one of the partners for a $90 million USDA Climate Smart Commodities grant.
The USDA is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding pool, which includes proposals seeking funds ranging from $5 million to $100 million. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA’s historic investment in these projects at the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Event.
HabiTerre is a part of the “Strengthening Grassroots Leadership and Capacity to Scale Climate-Smart Production Systems and Facilitate Underserved Producers’ Access to Markets” project. 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.
With the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) as the lead partner on the project, they will work with HabiTerre and other partners including the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA), Rural Coalition, the Kansas Black Farmers Association, the Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecroppers Fund, the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and Cornell University Atkinson Center for Sustainability.
The USDA anticipates that these 70 projects will result in: