Cover photo for Southern Piedmont Climate-Smart Project

Southern Piedmont Climate-Smart Project

Rodale Institute,
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Aimed at the southern piedmont vegetable farming community, this proposal will utilize an interdisciplinary system approach including farmer adoption, understanding economic/social barriers, market/consumer buy-in, utilizing technology, and easing the burden on farmers. The results of the project will build climate-smart markets, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increases carbon sequestration, and increase farmer economic opportunities and adoption of climate-smart agriculture.



Acreage may not be enrolled in other NRCS cost-share programs for same practices. Producers must be diversified vegetable farmers in the Southern Piedmont region.


Participating farms will:

  • Follow the planting and cover cropping rotation provided

  • Commit to provide data via phone application

  • Participate in project training events

  • Allow project team scheduled access to enrolled acres for data collection

Farms participating in the program are eligible for cash incentives for participating, as outlined below:

  • $1,500/acre/year for 1-10 acres dedicated to the project

  • Up to $200/year for filling out data given to the project team

  • $220/acre/year up to $1,100/year for input reimbursement

  • $100/year for participation in focus groups in barriers to adopting climate-smart agricultural practices

Non-cash incentives include:

  • Cash crop seed for up to 10 acres / year

  • Cover crop seed for up to 5 acres/year

  • Free technical assistance

  • Free equipment usage

Application Instructions

Fill out the application here.



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Updated January 4, 2024

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