SDSU receives $80M grant from USDA for climate-smart project with beef and bison producers


Morgan Matzen, Sioux Falls Argus Leader (SD)

Sep 16, 2022


South Dakota State University announced Friday morning it’s receiving up to $80 million for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


It’s the largest grant ever received by the university, according to a press release. Final funding levels will be determined in the coming months.


SDSU’s project, entitled “The Grass is Greener on the Other Side: Developing Climate-Smart Beef and Bison Commodities,” will create market opportunities for beef and bison producers who utilize climate-smart agriculture grazing and land-management practices.


The project will guide and educate producers on climate-smart practices most suited for their operations, manage large-scale climate-smart data that will be used by producers to improve decision-making and create market demand for climate-smart beef/bison commodity markets.


Daniel Scholl, SDSU’s vice president for research and economic development, said in a statement that Friday was a historic day for SDSU and the state of South Dakota.


“These types of investments in research are vital to helping solve the complex issues of today and answer questions that plague our society,” Scholl said in a statement...