Pilot Program to Pay Producers to Implement Climate-smart Agriculture

Virginia Tech announced that it received an $80 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for a pilot program that will pay producers in Virginia, Arkansas, Minnesota, and North Dakota to implement climate-smart practices on farms. The three-year pilot involving up to 5,200 operations representing up to 600,000 acres will test the feasibility of a national program. The pilot program will pay producers $100 per acre or animal unit for voluntary adoption of climate-smart practices. The program pays producers more than the cost of implementation and will issue tracking certificates for products from participating producers, to identify them in the marketplace. At least 40% of the pilot program’s participants will be underserved and small producers.