The Alliance to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture (formerly the RIPE Partnership) is a pilot program that will reward farmers and ranchers for adopting climate-smart agriculture practices while generating real-time information about how to reach and engage producers, best design a program with significant opportunity for environmental benefit, and generate market access for climate-smart commodities. We are proud that the pilot is built on RIPE’s methodology and approach to paying producers fairly for conservation practices.
As part of the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program, the pilot will launch in mid-2023 in Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Virginia with almost $60 million going directly to producers who adopt climate-smart practices. Lead applicant Virginia Tech will administer the project with participation from 14 additional named partners, as well as supporters who will officially join the project after it launches. RIPE will volunteer support on project implementation as needed.
Expanding this opportunity beyond these four states is possible! Learn about our farm bill strategy and how you can help make the RIPE proposal a reality for all producers here.