Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation (SMART) – Creating Climate Smart Markets for Corn, Soy, Wheat, Cotton, and Dairy
American Farmland Trust is partnering with Truterra of Land ‘O Lakes to catalyze a self-sustaining, market-based network to broaden farmer access, scale up adoption of climate-smart, soil health-promoting practices, and sustainably produce wheat, soy, cotton, and dairy commodities with verified and quantified climate benefits, thanks to $90 million from a USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities (PCSC) award. The project – Climate SMART – Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation – shares the PCSC program’s overall goals to increase farmer adoption of “climate-smart” practices that reduce net emissions, ensure equal access to underserved producers, improve measurement and verification of the emissions reductions achieved through “climate-smart” farming methods, and to grow the market for “climate-smart” products.
The team that also includes our many partners, listed below, will be:
- Helping over 7000 diverse farmers of corn, soy, wheat, cotton, and dairy adopt climate-smart practices such as cover crops, reduced tillage, improved nitrogen management, biochar application, and more
- On 7 million acres across the United States
- Bringing about greenhouse gas benefits of 7 million metric tons of CO2e
American Farmland Trust, in collaboration with various partners, will be:
- Offering an Advanced Soil Health Training (ASHT) program for influencers: farmers, non-profit and commercial agricultural service professionals, and consultants across the country who want to promote and advise on adopting these practices on their farms and in their agricultural communities. Trained advisors will become part of the team, with funds set aside for their time to influence adoption. Applications for participation will be opening in early 2024.
- Enrolling and engaging diverse farmers in peer-to-peer networks to share technical insights to facilitate successful adoption and receive financial assistance.
- Building out technical resources for farmers and their service providers on the Farmland Information Center
- Hosting listening sessions with historically underserved communities to ensure we understand barriers to access and needs and collaborate toward identifying and building solutions
- Offering organizational $100K microgrants to organizations serving historically underserved producers for adapting our training to best serve these audiences
- Leading Learning Circles for non-operating landowners to connect with their renting producers on the adoption of climate-smart, soil health-promoting systems
- Conducting program-wide evaluation to share challenges and lessons learned with the public