FFAR led public-private partnership aiming to reduce methane emissions from cattle


By Jane Byrne, Feed Navigator



The US Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Innovation Center for US Dairy announced the Greener Cattle Initiative at COP26.


Methane emissions reduction was high on the agenda at the climate talks, with stakeholders suggesting that methane reductions are not only technically possible, but also essential for the agricultural industry to meet its sustainability targets. A number of initiatives related to the goal were launched and government pledges formalized at COP26.


Enteric methane is the single largest source of direct GHG emissions in the beef and dairy sectors. Methane is emitted on farms through two primary sources: manure degradation and enteric fermentation. The Greener Cattle Initiative (GCI) will see stakeholders from across the dairy and beef value chains collaborate to support research and development of practices and technologies that reduce such emissions.


The program will award about $5m over the next five years to fund research that provides beef and cattle producers with solutions in this regard. FFAR is matching industry contributions up to at least $2.5m.


The Innovation Center for US Dairy is providing cash and program management contributions valued at approximately $1.2m. Additional founding participants comprise producers and animal health, genetic, feed and nutrition research organizations and companies and they are each committing $200K of funding to this program. They include ADM, the US Council for Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus PLC, the US National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).


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