USDA Invests in Climate-Smart Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is investing $9 million in six projects to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community. The funding goes to new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships. “These new NIFA-funded projects will work toward net-zero emissions in agriculture, working lands and communities adapted to climate change, training a diverse workforce that can communicate and incorporate climate considerations into management and climate justice that is appropriate for unique U.S. agronomic conditions,” said NIFA Director Dr. Carrie Castille. The projects are led by the University of California, Davis; Pennsylvania State University; Montana State University; Ohio State University; The Desert Research Institute Native Climate; and the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub.