Data Connects You to Success On Your Farm.

The Connected Ag Project can help your data work as hard as you do

Wherever You are On Your Journey, We Can Help Connect You To The Climate-Smart Economy

Farm Journal has served producers for more than 140 years, and we’re proud to be part of the next generation of solutions that drive financial and agronomic resilience. We have gathered a coalition of industry leaders to provide the tools you need to implement and track operational success on your farms. You know that data collection and monitoring connects you to success on your farm … this coalition is standing ready to help make your data create more value and utility as you grow resilience and stewardship on your farm or ranch. 

No matter where you fall on your conservation journey, the Connected Ag Project will meet you where you are and provide the technical and financial assistance you need to ensure success.

The $40-million coalition-driven project will support different approaches to testing and evaluating conservation management practices in all segments of agriculture in ways that increase value and support to producers like you. The program is designed to equip you with the tools and assistance you need to be competitive in emerging marketplaces and will provide personalized data support services, coaching and direct payments for eligible participants.

Here's What We're Doing:

The Climate-Smart Connected Ag Project incentivizes farmers to implement practices like cover crops and grazing management, and it provides technical assistance and data-management support to track outcomes. 
(Full list of practices below)

This is a historic opportunity to innovate on your farm or ranch with a safety net. We’ve got you covered with cost sharing and the technical guidance you need to be successful.

There are well-documented agronomic, operational and financial benefits to conservation agriculture, and we’ll help you find the ones that make sense for your unique operation. We want to align producers with incentives and assistance for practices they’re already implementing or considering for their farms or operations.


Who Qualifies?

  • Cattle Ranchers/Livestock Producers
  • Specialty Crop Growers
  • Row Crop Farmers
  • Small and Urban Farmers
Anyone in these categories who are also one of the following: 
  • Climate-smart early adopters who want to expand regenerative practices
  • Producers looking for natural resource solutions for soil health, water availability, forage enhancement, and other concerns you’re regularly managing on your farm 
  • Historically Underserved producers: Enhanced incentives are available for  women, Latinx, Black, American-Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, veterans, small-farm operators, beginning farmers and specialty crop producers (Learn more about opportunities for Historically Underserved below)
  • Producers in 31 states in any production system of all sizes, including row crops, specialty crops, livestock, and small and urban farms
    (See the map)


How Do I Start?

Review the information included on this page including the practices we’re supporting and the states where we’re working

Provide your contact information in the form on the bottom of this page, and we’ll follow up with a brief survey to allow our grant support personnel to learn more about your operation.

Someone from our program will get in touch with you to learn more about you and how this program can create efficiency, profitability and resilience in your operation.  

This program is completely voluntary

Space is limited. Start the process today to secure your seat among the country’s leading innovators. 

Now enrolling farmers in these states

Space is limited in each region and practice area. Sign up below to learn more about the program and how it can benefit your operation. 

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You could be rewarded for implementing these practices…

Inclusively Serving All of Agriculture's Producers

This project recognizes that American producers come from diverse backgrounds and cultures that have not had equal access to opportunity. We are committed to serving those who have been historically underserved by providing priority access and heightened incentives. Our goal is to support farmers, ranchers and growers in adopting or enhancing climate-smart practices that align with their culture, values and long-term goals for their operations. Producers who may qualify for these enhanced incentives include: women, Latinx, Black, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, small-farm operators, veterans, beginning farmers and specialty crop producers.

The USDA has awarded private and non-profit organizations funding to help advance innovation. This and other Climate-Smart Programs are funded by USDA but fully administered by private organizations. That means we’ve reduced the paperwork and have the autonomy to provide more robust support and incentives than traditional farm bill programs. Farm Journal’s Climate-Smart Connected Ag Project is a 5-year pilot program that will help inform the next generation of cost-sharing and technical assistance using data management as the foundation for producers to generate access to new markets and premiums for their production systems.  

This is a rare opportunity for producers to shape conservation programs in ways that align with their operation and what they need most. The Connected Ag Project puts farmers in the center of decision-making to understand your goals and priorities. Farmers must be actively involved in shaping the future of farm bill programs for them to work for mainstream producers. This is your chance to be part of that process while being rewarded for the work you’re doing.  

No, the Connected Ag Project covers a variety of farm types, sizes, and styles of operations, however, is restricted to producers in 19 states featured above. 

All specialty crops, as defined by USDA, are eligible. This includes fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. 

The Project will prioritize participation from women, Latinx, Black, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, veterans, small-farm operators, beginning farmers and specialty crop producers who have historically been underserved by USDA programs. 

Many of the Climate-Smart Practices and data management tools available through the project are geared towards livestock operations.  Please apply to determine if these options are right for your operation. 

  1. Eligible producers enroll in the Connected Ag Project by signing a Producer Enrollment Form. 
  2. Technical Advisors from the Trust In Food team as well as our trusted partners, will work with producers to develop an implementation plan for climate-smart agriculture practices specific to each farm or ranch. 
  3. Producers will utilize a software platform from one of our trusted partners, AgriWebb, Trimble, and AGI, who will assist in collecting the on-farm data needed. 
  4. Producers will receive on-going technical assistance as well as financial assistance for adopting climate-smart agriculture practices. 
  5. TIF will capture data regarding the impact of climate-smart agriculture practices implemented on-farm anonymously (all data remains with the producer and is kept secure). 

There are no upfront fees for enrolling in the program. With our partners, software licenses for data management are included in the program. Enrolled producers will have to cover upfront costs to implement practices and then be reimbursed on a cost-share basis. 

Data gathered is yours to keep and will be kept confidential. The name of your operation and your data will not be shared. The results of all on-farm data collected will be made anonymous and pulled into an aggregate data report. Data is simply the quantification of your production methods. By capturing this information and sharing it with buyers, you can add value to your produce for aggregators, food companies, restaurants and consumers 

Jimmy Emmons



Senior Vice President, Climate-Smart Programs

Ask me about:

Regenerative agriculture, securing a firm future for American agriculture, the importance of soil health, ways to improve soils through increased carbon and water-holding capacity, resiliency through regenerative practices, how growers and producers can achieve profitability through regenerative practices

betsy jackson



Outreach Coordinator, Climate-Smart Programming for Historically Underserved Communities

Ask me about:

Developing resilience, exploring the synergy between organic farming and climate-smart practices, designing drip irrigation systems for water conservation, cultivating specialty crops within sustainable farming, recognizing the value of floriculture for small farm profitability, crafting accessible content, advocating for farmer-centered equity and collaboration



Director of Technical Assistance, Climate-Smart Commodities Connected Ag Project

Ask me about:

Soil Health, Regenerative Agriculture, Water Quality, Irrigation Technology Improvement to Reduce Water Use, Farmer-to-Farmer Engagement, Federal/State/Local Conservation Program Implementation, Building Public/Private Partnerships, Ecosystem Service Markets



Visual Communications Manager

Ask me about:

Regenerative agriculture, farmer-facing communications, food transparency, technology and machinery, grassroots marketing strategies, creative outreach, events, succession planning, farmer-to-farmer engagement, producer perspectives

Chelsea Slaton



Grants Manager

Ask me about:

conservation, project management, conservation easements, ag policy, specialty crops, food labeling, advocating for incentive-based conservation programs, grassroots advocacy, regenerative agriculture

Climate-Smart Partners

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR233A750004G096

American Farmland Trust
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Certis Biologicals
Ducks Unlimited
Farm Journal Foundation
Pork Checkoff
Texas Agriculture Land Trust
The Sustainability Consortium
U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

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Connect with our team today to see how you can be rewarded for the leadership and legacy you are building on your farm or ranch. Fill out the form to be directed to our Connected Ag Project Team today!

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