USDA wants public entities to submit suggestions to help it establish protocols for the Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, a venture assigned to USDA by the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021.

According to the USDA, the Agricultural Marketing Service welcomes comments about the landowner criteria and qualifications of third-party vendors in order to make it easier for farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners to obtain technical assistance for climate practices. 

In October 2023, an assessment of the US carbon markets was reported as the first step in the GCSA, which outlined the current state of market activity and opportunities to improve access. 

To further prepare proposed rules, a request for information published in the Federal Register is intended to identify barriers to adoption of voluntary carbon markets for agriculture.

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The agency's goal is for credible carbon credits to be designed, creating consistent and reliable voluntary carbon markets, utilizing insight gained through the 30-day comment period. 

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack believes the GCSA “offers a promising tool to create new revenue streams for producers and achieve greenhouse gas reductions from the agriculture and forest sectors.”