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Organic Trade Association congratulates members for climate-smart USDA awards

September 14, 2022
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) was proud to announce Wednesday that almost a dozen of its members have been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in transformative projects designed to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint.

As part of its initiative Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, USDA today awarded $2.8 billion worth of cost-share grants for 70 climate-smart projects that the agency estimates have the potential to sequester more than 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

“We are excited for and proud of our members for being a part of this critical initiative,” said Tom Chapman, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association. “Organic agriculture has always been a leader in implementing environmentally-friendly practices, and we applaud our members for their vision and commitment to address the critical issue of climate change."  

The following OTA members are the designated Lead Partner in three separate projects: Cooperative Regions of Organic Produce Pools (CROPP/Organic Valley), Maple Hill Creamery, and Rodale Institute.

Designated as Major Partners in other projects are OTA members: CCOF, Danone North America, Georgia Organics, General Mills, Lunderg Family Farms, Oregon Tilth, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and Stonyfield Organic.

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are also among the Major Partners of two of the projects.


Maggie McNeil, (202) 615-7997