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USDA Launches Climate Corps to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

by Rafiat Damilola Ogunyemi
USDA Climate Corps
  • The USDA has launched the Working Lands Climate Corps, promoting climate-smart agriculture and creating workforce opportunities for a new generation.
  • The program educates farmers about available assistance programs for transitioning to sustainable farming practices.
  • Over 50,000 young people have expressed interest in joining since the program’s announcement in September.
  • Led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the program aims to address challenges faced by farmers due to climate change and promote sustainable farming practices.

The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, has launched the Working Lands Climate Corps, a program designed to champion climate-smart agriculture and cultivate employment prospects for the next generation in the agricultural sector.

Drawing inspiration from the triumphs of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps. This initiative is committed to enlightening farmers about available assistance programs that support the transition to sustainable farming practices.

The initial members in the Working Lands Climate Corps will collaborate with state and local entities to promote the implementation of climate-smart agricultural techniques.

Their training will encompass diverse subjects, such as climate-smart farming practices, conservation and resilience planning, environmental justice, and engagement with farmers and rural communities.

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As a component of the broader American Climate Corps. This initiative seeks to offer young individuals opportunities in conservation, clean energy, and climate resilience.

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Since its launch in September, more than 50,000 young people have indicated their interest in participating.

Spearheaded by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in partnership with AmeriCorps, the Corps Network, and the National Association of Conservation Districts, the Working Lands program is designed to tackle the climate change and drought-related challenges confronting farmers. Its goal is to advocate for sustainable farming practices and enhance soil health.

AmeriCorps CEO, Michael Smith, underscored the significance of addressing climate change’s impact on agriculture and the food supply.

He envisions this program as a catalyst for mobilising Americans to restore soil health, champion sustainable farming practices, and counteract the disproportionate effects of climate change on agriculture.

The Working Lands Climate Corps stands as a pivotal initiative within President Biden’s overarching strategy to confront pressing challenges in agricultural communities. This emphases the pivotal role of farmers and ranchers in crafting innovative climate solutions.

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