Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing

 

ENGAGING IN COMMUNITY SCIENCE & PRACTICE FROM MAINE TO SOUTH CAROLINA

The Climate-Smart Farming & Marketing program offers financial support and technical assistance for farmers who want to implement climate-smart practices such as agroforestry, cover cropping, prescribed grazing, and reduced tillage. Farmer participants will help measure the environmental benefits of these practices and get marketing support to share findings with customers and open up new markets for climate-smart commodities.

WHAT’S INVOLVED FOR FARMERS WHO PARTICIPATE?

  • Our technical service providers will work with you to create a plan tailored to your farm’s environmental and business goals.
  • You’ll get financial support for implementation.
  • As a farmer researcher, you’ll collect data to gain insights about your farm’s soil health, water quality, carbon resilience, and other metrics.
  • You can join a peer-to-peer learning community with other farmers working to improve their farm’s climate resilience and bottom line.
  • We’ll offer marketing support to help you share your climate impact story and communicate research findings to your customers.

WHAT ARE CLIMATE SMART PRACTICES?

Agriculture is one of the largest contributors to global carbon emissions. At the same time, farmers are dealing with many of the most immediate impacts of the changing climate. Climate-smart agriculture encompasses practices that work to mitigate
climate change by reducing carbon emissions and helping farms adapt to
increasingly extreme weather.

The following is a list Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)- recognized climate-smart practices supported by this program:

The three-digit code after each practice indicates the corresponding NRCS practice standard. Visit nrcs.usda.gov to learn more about each practice.

Alley cropping (311)
Contour Buffer Strips (332)
Cover Crop (340)
Conservation Cover (327)
Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Fence (382)
Field Border (386)
Filter Strip (393)
Forest Farming (379)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Hedgerow Planting (422)
Herbaceous Wind Barriers (603)
Nutrient Management (590)
Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till (329)
Livestock Pipeline (516)
Mulching (484)
Pasture and Hay Planting (512)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Range Planting (550)
Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced (345)
Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)
Silvopasture (381)
Stripcropping (585)
Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)
Vegetative Barrier (601)
Watering Facility (614)
Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (380)

This program is supported by a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which promotes meaningful involvement of small shareholder, limited resource, and underserved producers. Farmers of color, women and gender nonconforming farmers, beginning farmers, and veteran farmers are strongly encouraged to participate.