Ag groups receive grant to transition U.S. beef to carbon neutral


By Successful Farming Staff - 9/16/2022


American Farmland Trust was awarded a $30 million grant from the USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. The organization will partner with the Integrity Beef Alliance, Indigo Agriculture, Earth Optics, Freedman Heirs Foundation, AgriWebb, Regenified, OpenTEAM, and U.S. Biochar Initiative to transition the U.S. beef supply chain to carbon neutral.


 The project is designed to improve the production of climate-smart beef through expanding market opportunities such as direct sales through local farmers markets, regional distribution channels, and national and global food companies. It will also engage and train more than 50 producer mentors to help transition more than 750 beef producers with the adoption of climate-smart grazing practices. The American Farmland Trust led-strategy calculates that there will be an increase of soil function on about 600,000 acres and permanently protect at least 3,000-4,500 acres of threatened farmland.


“We are excited about the level of impact we will be able to achieve with this project,” says Bianca Moebius-Clune, AFT Climate Initiative Director and Principal Investigator...