U.S. Representative Sharice Davids joined Xochitl Torres Small, Undersecretary for Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to announce that the USDA has awarded up to $45 million to Dairy Farmers of America.
Based in Kansas City, Kansas, DFA will use this funding to implement a new climate-smart initiative to help Kansas farmers and consumers reduce emissions and access sustainably produced dairy products.
“Farmers and ranchers are among the hardest hit by floods, droughts or heat waves, all of which have become more severe due to climate change,” Rep. Davids said during the announcement on Friday. “This new funding for Dairy Farmers of America will not only help produce dairy products in a climate-friendly way, but will also open up new markets for Kansas producers to ensure we can feed the world for generations to come. come.”
“Hard-working dairy farmers are essential to our food security and the security of our nation when it comes to fighting climate change,” said USDA Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small. “That’s why President Biden, Vice President Harris and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are investing in projects that will expand markets for climate-smart commodities. The USDA is proud to partner with Dairy Farmers of America and Congressman Davids to be there for dairy farmers who want to develop and sell low-carbon dairy products.
“Dairy farmers worked on continuous environmental improvement long before it became a concern for others. It’s how farmers think, and it’s at the heart of who we are,” said Randy Mooney, Dairy Farmer and Chairman of the Board of DFA. “I am proud to be part of a Cooperative that adds value to its member-owners by making it more accessible to adopt sustainable practices, which will ultimately help advance the development of low-carbon dairy products that consumers demand. We look forward to working with the USDA, Undersecretary Torres Small, and Rep. Davids, the newest member of the House Agriculture Committee, on this initiative and others who support U.S. dairy farmers and rural communities in which we live and work.
This new DFA project aims to reduce global carbon emissions from the dairy market by reducing individual greenhouse gases on the farm. Through collaboration with other business partners, DFA will work to ensure that the financial benefits of climate-smart agriculture are felt by local farmers and ranchers, establishing a powerful and self-sustaining green economy to benefit the community. agriculture, including underserved producers.
Last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA would invest up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects, including the DFA project announced today, under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. This effort will expand markets for U.S. climate-smart commodities, leverage the greenhouse gas benefits of producing climate-smart commodities, and provide direct and significant benefits to production agriculture, including for underserved small-scale producers.
Rep. Davids, who was recently named a “Friend of the Agriculture Desk,” is the newest member of the House Agriculture Committee that oversees the USDA and has jurisdiction over all aspects of agriculture, forestry, nutrition, water conservation and other agriculture-related activities. the fields. Rep. Davids, 3rd District, sits on the committee alongside Rep. Tracey Mann, 1st District, as they prepare to consider the 2023 Farm Bill, a set of laws passed roughly every five years that includes several measures of critical importance to agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and trade programs.
- History of the Office of Representative Davids