By Clint Thompson
Growers can enroll in the Trust Protocol and apply for the Climate Smart Cotton Program, a five-year initiative led by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, when the platform reopens in January.
The Trust Protocol drives constant improvement in key sustainability metrics like land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency. The Trust Protocol announced last week an increase of 25% compared to 2022 in the total area of planted cotton acres that were enrolled in the program, reaching 1.6 million acres in 2023.
It marks the fourth straight year of continued expansion of enrolled cotton acres. Also, the 1.6 million acres represents 16% of all planted U.S. cotton acres in 2023.
Those farmers already enrolled in the Trust Protocol need to upload their 2023 bales by March 1, 2024.
Click here to learn more about the program.