- Agriculture officials in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are investing $21.7 million to help improve soil health and climate research.
- The investment is divided among several different grants designed to improve soil health and work to educate farmers on how to incorporate climate change research into their practices.
- The USDA is said to have a “renewed commitment” to addressing climate change.
Federal agriculture officials in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have decided to invest in soil health and climate research to help advance agriculture by assisting farmers in managing the negative impacts of climate change.
Tom Vilsack, who currently serves as U.S. Agriculture Secretary, reported Thursday that the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be investing a minimum of $21.7 million to improve soil health and climate research.
“USDA is committed to working alongside American producers, rural businesses, and landowners to help them lead the way on addressing climate change, using the best USDA data and science to help improve their practices and spur new market opportunities,” Vilsack said.
The investment is broken up into varying grants, including:
- $5.4 million for seven “Signals in Soil” grants through the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
- $6.3 million for 14 soil health grants
- $10 million for “USDA Climate Hub Partnerships” (Designed to train farmers to incorporate climate change research into their practices)
The USDA has a “renewed commitment” to putting an emphasis on climate change, and these soil and climate health grants are the first of many.