The partners in a new broad climate-smart initiative today touted the potential of the project to greatly expand farmer-led conservation practices and business opportunities.

The groups learned on Wednesday they will receive up to $50 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the initiative through USDA’s new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. The initiative aims to help farmers implement sustainability projects that reduce their carbon footprint, document the improvements and demonstrate value in the supply chain.

“Farmers are doing incredible work with innovative practices that build healthy soils, protect water quality and cut greenhouse gas emissions. With this initiative, we can bring more farms into the fold while positioning them for business opportunities in a marketplace that rewards sustainability,” said Tim Trotter, CEO of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, which has members throughout the Midwest.

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