Agriculture is a major source of emissions, but it can also be a powerful climate solution. Under CEO Beth Ford’s leadership, Land O’Lakes’ sustainability business Truterra has paid farmers more than $9 million to sequester 462,000 metric tons of carbon as of May 2023. The century-old cooperative is now ramping up efforts to help farmers adopt regenerative agriculture practices, like using cover crops to improve soil health, make food more nutritious, and trap more carbon in the soil. A $90 million USDA grant is helping Truterra support up to 20,000 farmers and dairy producers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 7.2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent over five years—roughly equal to taking 1.5 million cars off the road for a year.
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