STAR Conservation Program Launches Nationwide Organization

Morning Ag Clips reports that Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) is launching a national organization that will support and standardize state and regional STAR Affiliates, expand the STAR tool, and increase conservation practices across a variety of production systems on agricultural lands. A STAR press release notes that the national expansion is made possible by a recent $3 million Climate Smart Commodities grant from the US Department of Agriculture, which was awarded to the Colorado Department of Agriculture in July to expand STAR in the western region – including creating STAR Affiliates in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Through this funding, STAR will leverage this momentum in the central United States to further support Affiliate development in Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and other Midwestern states, ensuring consistency across all Affiliates and bringing broad-scale incentive opportunities to producers in all regions.