NACD Applauds USDA Investment in Conservation Districts Through Second Round of Climate Smart Commodities Funding


December 12, 2022

Terrence Curtiss

NACD Applauds USDA Investment in Conservation Districts Through Second Round of Climate Smart Commodities Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an additional $325 Million for 71 projects funded through the Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities program. This second pool of funding was focused on innovative projects that develop and expand market opportunities for small and historically underserved producers. USDA’s total investment in the Climate Smart Commodities program is over $3.1 billion for 141 selected projects.

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts were named as lead partners. The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, the Southern California Resource Conservation DistrictWashtenaw County Conservation DistrictMonroe Conservation DistrictLenawee Conservation DistrictMuscogee Creek Nation Conservation DistrictChoctaw Nation Conservation DistrictPrince George’s County Soil Conservation District, and Van Buren County Conservation District were included as major partners in other pilot projects.

“NACD, conservation districts, and their associations are thrilled to support USDA’s goals of advancing equity, inclusion, and access to growing climate-smart markets,” said NACD CEO Jeremy Peters. “We are pleased that the Climate Smart Commodities partnerships support local leadership, partnerships, and collaborations. This is a key strategy for empowering producers and developing innovative long-term climate solutions that work for the community.”

USDA’s latest investment will facilitate creation of meaningful market opportunities for small and underserved producers and play a significant role in bolstering local communities and economies. NACD applauds USDA for its historic investments in climate-smart agriculture, forestry, and ranching.

About the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 75 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit

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