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Administration Commits to a Low-Carbon Economy Through Voluntary Markets  

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Secretary Vilsack joined Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and other Biden-Harris Administration officials Tuesday at the ‘Advancing a Low-Carbon American Economy Through Voluntary Carbon Markets’ forum in Washington, D.C. to highlight their joint commitment to creating voluntary carbon markets.  


As part of the event, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program. This new program would facilitate better technical assistance by providing a list of qualified technical assistance providers and third-party verifiers who work with producers to generate credible carbon credits, enabling USDA to share trusted information and reduce market confusion. 

Restoring and Protecting Wetlands   

On Wednesday, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it will invest up to $50 million through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support conservation partners with local projects that help protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands and help mitigate climate change.  


These partnerships will support efforts by NRCS to implement the Inflation Reduction Act, part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, which provided historic funding for conservation easements and other programs. Additionally, NRCS is prioritizing proposals that focus on historically underserved producers who conserve wetlands, contributing to NRCS’ effort to increase equity in its delivery of conservation programs.  


Related: USDA Invests $7 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banking to Support Producers and Protect Wetland Ecosystems 

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Increased Connectivity for Schools in Rural Ohio

The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education in Ohio was recently awarded a $1 million Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant by USDA’s Rural Development that will help the community expand educational opportunities and provide increased access to telemedicine and tele-behavioral health services. 


The grant funds will purchase equipment to set up six hub and/or end user sites, each able to provide one-on-one or group educational classes and conduct tele-behavioral health or telemedicine services with providers both within and outside the region. 


DLT grants help rural communities use advanced telecommunications technology for increased connectivity so they can overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density, increasing access to social, educational, and economic opportunities. 

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South Carolina School Focuses on the Future of Agriculture 

With more than 1,300 acres of agricultural land including forestry, livestock, and produce, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture in McCormick has become a breeding ground for agricultural and intellectual development in the state. 


The school’s president, Dr. Timothy Keown, and his staff are working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and other organizations to best maximize the growth, conservation, and potential of the land and the students. The school currently houses and educates 78 high school sophomores to seniors and in the next several years the school seeks to increase the student number to 160. 

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Community Partnerships to Conserve Forests

Forest Service regional offices announced on Wednesday that $5.5 million in grants will go to local communities to permanently conserve private forestlands as community forests. These investments, made through the Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, ensure that forestlands critical to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities continue to provide benefits to future generations, while also continuing to be managed by local communities. 

USDA Announces $824 Million in New Funding to Protect Livestock Health; Launches Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program

On Thursday, USDA announced it is taking several additional actions to ensure the health and viability of the nation’s livestock and poultry. In the two months since the initial detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle, USDA has worked quickly and in concert with its federal and state partners to better understand the virus and contain the disease and remains committed to seeking additional ways to collect the data needed to better understand and mitigate the risk created by this outbreak.  


USDA is adding an additional $824 million in emergency funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation to bolster these efforts and is launching a new Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program to give dairy producers more options to monitor the health of their herds and move cows more quickly while providing on-going testing and expanding USDA’s understanding of the disease. 

In Pursuit of Quality, Climate-Smart Beef

Located in St. Anthony, Indiana, Fischer Farms made a name for itself in the nearby region for providing high-quality beef. Now the business wants to take the next step forward – creating a climate-smart carbon-negative “hoofprint” for its products. 


Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy is one of approximately 140 grant projects being funded by the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, which is investing $3 billion to build and expand markets for commodities made with climate-smart practices.  


With the climate-smart commodities grant funding, Fischer is building a farm-to-buyer approach that will establish a farmer network to implement climate-smart production practices backed by scientific measurement and monitoring to ultimately create verifiable climate-smart beef and pork products for consumers. 

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Photo of the Week

Deputy Secretary Torres Small met with USDA’s Tribal Advisory Committee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, the Committee is tasked with providing advice and guidance to the Secretary on matters relating to tribal and Indian affairs. As a federal advisory committee, the Tribal Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on USDA programs and policies, including through an annual report to Congress. 

 

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View as Webpage In Case You Missed It. Here's what happened this week at USDA. usda.gov Here's what happened this week at USDA 1 Administration Commits to a Low-Carbon Economy Through Voluntary Markets   sombery ilanthropie: Defon: Fund Secretary Vilsack joined Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and other Biden-Harris Administration officials Tuesday at the ‘Advancing a Low-Carbon American Economy Through Voluntary Carbon Markets’ forum in Washington, D.C. to highlight their joint commitment to creating voluntary carbon markets.   As part of the event, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program. This new program would facilitate better technical assistance by providing a list of qualified technical assistance providers and third-party verifiers who work with producers to generate credible carbon credits, enabling USDA to share trusted information and reduce market confusion.  Restoring and Protecting Wetlands    On Wednesday, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it will invest up to $50 million through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support conservation partners with local projects that help protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands and help mitigate climate change.   These partnerships will support efforts by NRCS to implement the Inflation Reduction Act, part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, which provided historic funding for conservation easements and other programs. Additionally, NRCS is prioritizing proposals that focus on historically underserved producers who conserve wetlands, contributing to NRCS’ effort to increase equity in its delivery of conservation programs.   Related: USDA Invests $7 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banking to Support Producers and Protect Wetland Ecosystems  3 Increased Connectivity for Schools in Rural Ohio The Jefferson Area Local Schools Board of Education in Ohio was recently awarded a $1 million Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant by USDA’s Rural Development that will help the community expand educational opportunities and provide increased access to telemedicine and tele-behavioral health services.  The grant funds will purchase equipment to set up six hub and/or end user sites, each able to provide one-on-one or group educational classes and conduct tele-behavioral health or telemedicine services with providers both within and outside the region.  DLT grants help rural communities use advanced telecommunications technology for increased connectivity so they can overcome the effects of remoteness and low population density, increasing access to social, educational, and economic opportunities.  4 South Carolina School Focuses on the Future of Agriculture  With more than 1,300 acres of agricultural land including forestry, livestock, and produce, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture in McCormick has become a breeding ground for agricultural and intellectual development in the state.  The school’s president, Dr. Timothy Keown, and his staff are working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and other organizations to best maximize the growth, conservation, and potential of the land and the students. The school currently houses and educates 78 high school sophomores to seniors and in the next several years the school seeks to increase the student number to 160.  Read More Community Partnerships to Conserve Forests Forest Service regional offices announced on Wednesday that $5.5 million in grants will go to local communities to permanently conserve private forestlands as community forests. These investments, made through the Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program, ensure that forestlands critical to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities continue to provide benefits to future generations, while also continuing to be managed by local communities.  USDA Announces $824 Million in New Funding to Protect Livestock Health; Launches Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program On Thursday, USDA announced it is taking several additional actions to ensure the health and viability of the nation’s livestock and poultry. In the two months since the initial detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle, USDA has worked quickly and in concert with its federal and state partners to better understand the virus and contain the disease and remains committed to seeking additional ways to collect the data needed to better understand and mitigate the risk created by this outbreak.   USDA is adding an additional $824 million in emergency funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation to bolster these efforts and is launching a new Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program to give dairy producers more options to monitor the health of their herds and move cows more quickly while providing on-going testing and expanding USDA’s understanding of the disease.  In Pursuit of Quality, Climate-Smart Beef Located in St. Anthony, Indiana, Fischer Farms made a name for itself in the nearby region for providing high-quality beef. Now the business wants to take the next step forward – creating a climate-smart carbon-negative “hoofprint” for its products.  Fischer Farms Ultimate Beef Strategy is one of approximately 140 grant projects being funded by the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, which is investing $3 billion to build and expand markets for commodities made with climate-smart practices.   With the climate-smart commodities grant funding, Fischer is building a farm-to-buyer approach that will establish a farmer network to implement climate-smart production practices backed by scientific measurement and monitoring to ultimately create verifiable climate-smart beef and pork products for consumers.  Read More 8 Photo of the Week Deputy Secretary Torres Small met with USDA’s Tribal Advisory Committee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, the Committee is tasked with providing advice and guidance to the Secretary on matters relating to tribal and Indian affairs. As a federal advisory committee, the Tribal Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on USDA programs and policies, including through an annual report to Congress.  Check out all of USDA’s photos on our Flickr account.    LOOKING FOR USDA INFORMATION? The AskUSDA site makes it easy to find information from across our organization all in one place, or connects you with someone who can.  AskUSDA USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users). Facebook  Twitter  Instagram Department of Agriculture | 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. | Washington, DC 20250 US | | Constant Contact Data Notice
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