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Walmart, Cargill and McDonald's together for the Great Plains

Investment of over 6 million dollars to support the WWF initiative

An initiative aimed at improving the territorial "health" of Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota

The Walmart Foundation, Cargill, and McDonald's have invested more than $ 6 million in an initiative to permanently improve the prairies of Northern Great Plains over time.

The Ranch Systems and Viability Planning (RSVP) network is the new WWF program with the goal of improving the management of 1 million acres over five years. The Northern Great Plains ecoregion comprises approximately 25% of the total area of the Northern Great Plains. The Rsvp network was created with the aim of supporting farmers from all over the ecoregion through the implementation of techniques, training and tools to improve grazing practices and soil health.

The initiative will focus primarily on Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota, and will lead to better outcomes for biodiversity. The goal is to enable farmers to share peer-to-peer learning through the Rsvp network. In addition, WWF will work closely with farmers in private fields, and will provide additional services through individual and group seminars, aimed at helping farmers design, document and implement farming plans.

Martha Kauffman , managing director of the program, commented: "Livestock farmers are the most important administrators of the grasslands of the Northern Great Plains."
“They manage over 70% of the grasslands located within this region, they hold the keys to their future. The RSVP network will support livestock partners in planning and improving their operations so that they continue to provide an ideal habitat for wildlife, continue to filter clean water, produce nutritious food and grow communities for generations to come ".

Cargill's participation in the project is part of the BeefUp Sustainability initiative, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the beef production chain by 30% by 2030. Heather Tansey , Cargill's Head of Sustainability for Animal Nutrition and Protein and Health Business, said, “We believe cattle for slaughter can be a positive production force and a way to address some of our shared challenges. initiative is a testimony ".

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