The project will offer millions of dollars for conservation practices that will also improve water quality.

Sep 19, 2022

ANKENY, Iowa (IAWA) – An $80 million project to enhance climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve carbon sequestration in agriculture will be funded by USDA. It’s part of a $2.8 billion announcement made by USDA Wednesday morning.

The project is a major win, bringing millions of dollars from USDA’s Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities into Iowa and Missouri for conservation practices that will also improve water quality.

Roeslein Alternative Energy, LLC. Is leading the project, called Horizon II, with the support of Verdesian Life Sciences, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance and more.

Other major partners also include the Iowa Soybean Association, Biostar Renewables, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa State University, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Sievers Family Farms, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, Smithfield Foods, The Nature Conservancy, University of Missouri, and Veterans in Agriculture.

The program will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve carbon sequestration for corn, soybean, pork, and beef commodities by 250 million metric tons CO2e per year. This impact is equivalent to displacing diesel fuel consumption by 20.7 billion gallons annually.

-From Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

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