U.S. Cotton Growers Can Now Apply for the Climate Smart Cotton Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — June 27, 2023 — U.S. cotton growers can apply now through September 1, 2023, for the Climate Smart Cotton Program, a five-year initiative led by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. The program aims to measure and improve the carbon footprint of the U.S. cotton industry while building on the four pillars of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices. Participating growers will receive technical and financial support as well as other benefits that can enhance their operations, profitability and environmental stewardship.

Applications will be approved on a first-come first-served basis. To be eligible growers must first complete enrollment in the Trust Protocol by September 1, 2023, and upload their 2023 bales by March 1, 2024. Growers are encouraged to get started today to secure a spot in the program and maximize benefits.

The program’s goals are to:

  • Provide technical and financial assistance to U.S. cotton farmers;
  • Advance adoption of CSA practices on 1.2 million U.S. cotton acres ;
  • Produce 4.2 million bales of Climate Smart Cotton™ over five years;
  • Enroll 1,650 U.S. cotton farmers, including 330 farmers from historically underserved communities; and
  • Reduce CO2e emissions by 1.14M metric tons.

“The U.S. cotton industry has long focused on continuous improvement and the launch of the Trust Protocol in 2020 provided the opportunity to prove and measure our sustainability  outcomes,” said  Dr.  Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “The Climate Smart Cotton Program takes our industry to the next step utilizing the Trust Protocol’s foundational reputation and our program partners’ expertise so that growers can learn, grow and explore new opportunities for reducing climate impacts, as well as resources to aid with implementation.”  ​

The Climate Smart Cotton Program brings together leaders and partners from supply chain outreach, academia and sustainability. Program partners include Cotton Council International, Cotton Incorporated, the Soil Health Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Agricenter International, Alabama A&M University and North Carolina A&T State University.

Growers can apply for the Climate Smart Cotton Program and enroll in the Trust Protocol at www.TrustUSCotton.org. For a step-by-step video on how to enroll, growers can click here. For assistance email info@trustuscotton.org.

Posted June 27, 2023

Source: U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol