Merkley, Wyden announce $100 Million investment into Climate-Smart Commodities and Rural Projects for Oregon

Oregon’s U.S.
Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced four Oregon based
organizations will be receiving awards totaling $100 million to
foster partnerships around Oregon to support the production and marketing
of climate-smart commodities. These projects are intended to expand
markets for commodities that are produced with smaller or no carbon
footprints, helping reduce the carbon pollution driving climate chaos and
supporting both Oregon climate-friendly agricultural producers and the
businesses that help producers with climate-smart systems.

producers play a huge role in Oregon’s economy, and as the stewards of the land
and we need to help make sure they have the means and incentives to continue
producing and farming in a sustainable, climate-friendly way,” said Merkley.
“These climate-smart awards are an important step forward for Oregon’s
agriculture producers—and for our climate.”

“Oregon farmers,
ranchers and wood producers have long generated jobs statewide, as well as
quality goods sought after nationwide,” Wyden said. “This significant federal
investment ensures they can continue to produce those jobs and goods using
fresh strategies that fight the climate crisis in a smart and sustainable

Projects and
recipients can be found below:

  • $15 million to Oregon Climate Trust for its TRACT Program Traceable
    Reforestation project: A project that addresses the need to expand and recover
    the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the
    increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. Every acre planted
    & the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and
    verified climate benefit in metric tons of CO2e.
  • $10 million to Sustainable Northwest for its Building a Regenerative
    Ranching Economy in the West project: This project will implement climate-smart
    grazing practices in beef production for 120 operations across thirteen states
    and over 7 million acres of public and private rangelands, reducing greenhouse
    gas emissions and increasing market returns for participants.
  • $50 million to Oregon State University (and other universities) for its
    Climate Smart Potatoes project: This project will build climate-smart markets
    and advance adoption of climate-smart management systems in the Pacific
    Northwest states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon where more than 62% of U.S.
    potatoes are grown and 15% of the domestic supply of seed potatoes are
  • $25 million to Sustainable Northwest for its Building the Climate Smart Wood
    Economyproject: This project brings together Tribal, small family forest, and
    nonprofit wood producers with data scientists and the design and construction
    industry to manage and restore tens of thousands of acres in Oregon. The project
    will quantify the positive impacts of climate-smart management on carbon
    sequestration, wildfire intensity, and cultural values, and will also build
    resources for project teams to navigate climate-smart markets through
    pre-design, design, and construction phases and support sale.

Partnerships for
Climate-Smart Commodities is part of USDA’s broader strategy to position
agriculture and forestry as leaders in climate change mitigation through
voluntary, incentive-based, market-driven approaches. Visit to learn more about
this effort, and for climate-related
updates, resources and tools across the Department.

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