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Department of Agriculture Provides Funding to Nine GHG Mitigation  Projects (June 8, 2011)

posted Jun 13, 2011, 10:21 AM by James Hodina
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $7.4 million to fund nine projects in 24 states to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The projects funded include, among others, $1.102 million to the Dairy Science Institute, Inc. to work with dairy farmers across 12 states to develop a decision support tool that helps those farmers enhance their conservation efforts to reduce GHGs; $1.056 million to Unison Resource Co. to pilot test methodologies that qualify carbon offsets and that stimulate feed use efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, monetize carbon credits and enhance economic viability in the beef and dairy industries; $1.089 million to the Environmental Defense Fund to develop and implement a first-of-its-kind 
initiative to demonstrate reductions in GHG emissions in rice production; and $550,000 to Applied Ecological Services, Inc., to work with landowners to provide a roadmap for monetizing or determining a value for carbon credits arising from soil carbon enhancing conservation practices such as no-till and crop rotation.  USDA will also provide an additional $10 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to eligible producers to implement conservation practices that reduce GHG emissions.  [For further information: http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/06/0237.xml&contentidonly=true] 
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