The Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture is a pilot project supported by USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities that will incentivize and reward farmers and ranchers for adopting climate-smart agricultural practices. Our goal is to enhance agricultural productivity, benefit producers, and improve climate resilience.
Under the three-year, $80-million pilot program, the Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture and its partners will help producers in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Virginia prove the value of paying farmers and ranchers $100 per acre or animal unit for stewardship practices that deliver public value through carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas reduction, improved soil health, water quality, water conservation, and other environmental services.
The Alliance officially launched in September 2023 and will begin enrolling producers in 2024. The pilot is led by Virginia Tech with participation from more than 14 state and national partners.