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USDA invests $300M in climate-smart farm practices

Brent Duerre
The USDA is investing millions of dollars in climate-smart agricultural practices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $300 million investment to monitor climate-smart agricultural practices.

Funding for the collection of data stems from The Inflation Reduction Act which provided nearly $20 billon in investments to advance climate-smart agricultural practices.

The investment aims to improve measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in climate-smart agriculture and forestry.

Driving the study is President Biden’sInvesting in Americaagenda with a goal of achieving 50 percent overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2023.

The long-term goal of the investment is to facilitate planning and development of mitigation techniques to lower overall greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.

The project involves multiple federal agencies to include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and USDA.

This comes amid public debate over several major pipeline projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration.

USDA will be hosting a live webinar on July 21 with more information about the investment.

Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.