Tom Vilsack, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary, introduced that the company would make investments greater than $146 million in sustainable agricultural analysis initiatives, of which $20 million will likely be earmarked for hemp initiatives.
The funding, made underneath the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program, will handle labor challenges and local weather change impacts in agriculture.
“USDA is tackling urgent challenges facing American agriculture and communities across our nation. Critical issues like food insecurity, drought resilience, and market disruption require investments,” Vilsack said. “This is the time for agriculture, forestry, and rural communities to act.”
“Investments like these awarded today will result in long-term improvements in agricultural practices that will benefit consumers, farmers, and the environment,” added NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille.
Sustainable Hemp Projects
Some of the initiatives funded underneath AFRI will discover the completely different makes use of of hemp and the right way to sustainably introduce hemp into western U.S. rural and tribal lands.
Central State University, based mostly in Wilberforce, Ohio, obtained $10 million for a challenge that pursues the approval of hemp grain as a sustainable feed ingredient to provide high-value, nutrient-dense fish, increase home markets for hemp and create a extra numerous workforce in agriculture.
Oregon State University’s (OSU )Global Hemp Innovation Center obtained a $10 million grant for a challenge that seeks to outline financial alternatives for hemp farmers within the Western U.S.
The OSU challenge goals to offer farmers, monetary establishments and policymakers with
science-based info to judge technical, financial, environmental and the social dynamics of incorporating hemp-based industries into the four-state regional financial system throughout Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California.