Why a Climate-Smart Ag Program is Complicated

In “Can Biden’s climate-smart agriculture program live up to the hype?,” Gabriel Popkin looks at the reasons why there are both supporters and skeptics of a USDA program that plans to pay growers more than $3 billion to adopt practices — like planting cover crops and trees — in an effort to mitigate climate change.

The story was included in Hunter College’s Food Policy Watch.

It was also republished by Grist as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Grist reaches over 900K website readers a month. In addition, they have a social media following of about 555K.

The Grist version of the story was then syndicated to MSN, a site that reaches over 700 million users a month.

Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, praised the story in an email to the reporter stating, “What excellent work for Yale Environment on USDA’s climate smart initiative. Few folks have been able to capture the complexities of the program with nuance. I appreciate thoughtful and balanced writing whenever I see it. Thanks for the care you take with your work.”

On Facebook, the story was engaged with by the Trees that Feed Foundation (10K followers), a nonprofit that distributes fruit trees in 20 countries to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment.

On Instagram, we saw engagement from Society of Environmental Journalists (1.9K followers), Mission Climate Sustainability (org that is raising awareness on environmental issues, 1.5K followers), and Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience (1.5K followers), OptOut News (news app for nonprofit news, 560 followers), CORDS (nonprofit that works toward social and economic development and to fight against all forms of injustice, oppression, gender imbalances and poverty, 740 followers), Renewable Energy Club (news aggregation for green tech, renewable energy, climate and sustainability, 155K followers), The Climate Lab podcast (760 followers), Baton Rouge Green (nonprofit focused on urban forests, 3K followers), Yale’s International Forestry Students’ Association (204 followers), and 350 Central Mass (nonprofit helping to build the movement to fight the global climate crisis, 280 followers).

On Twitter, we saw engagement from Kalee Kreider (President of Ridgely Walsh, a public affairs advisory firm partnering with transformational companies and causes. 7.2K followers), Editor of Bluedot Living Brooklyn (go-to source for climate news and solutions across the borough, 33 followers), The Daily Yonder (8.7K followers), Bear Trust International (7K followers), Penn State University Ag & Shale Law (2.2K followers), and EJ News Today (news aggregation from SEJ, 1.5K followers).

Our media partner for this story, Yale Environment 360, reaches 4 million readers each year. In addition, they have a social media following of 200K.

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