Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) will receive a grant of up to $45 million from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reduce its methane emissions and develop “climate-smart,” low-carbon dairy products.
The funds were announced through the USDA programme Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities, which awarded 70 grants worth $2.8 billion for pilot projects “that will help build and expand opportunities for consumers to purchase food grown or produced in a climate-friendly way”.
Kevin O’Donnell, senior vice president of sustainability at DFA, said: “We’re thrilled to receive a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant from USDA and appreciate their support for accelerating adoption of innovative, sustainable agricultural practices on our member farms as well as developing and marketing low-carbon dairy products to meet growing consumer demand”.
He continued: “Given eco-efficiency gains and other leadership to date, we know that dairy is part of the solution to climate change. These funds will allow DFA to build on this foundation, using our cooperative business model to ensure benefits are captured at our member farms. This will allow us an opportunity to establish a more circular economy where we can increase crop resilience in dairy production, innovate more widespread climate and related product solutions faster, and better position us to continue providing sustainable nutrition to families around the world.”
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