Through the Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities program, GO Seed is managing a project in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Northwest Grain Growers. The program has two primary goals: strengthening the economic and environmental sustainability of wheat farming in the inland Pacific Northwest and increasing the production of improved variety cover crop seed available for farmers throughout the country.
To accomplish these goals, this project will focus on incorporating cover crop seed production to a wheat rotation to build soil health, increase profit potential, and increase diversity of the dominant cropping system of the inland Pacific Northwest. In so doing, GO Seed expects to produce up to 15% of the cover crop seed that will be needed for the projected growth of the cover crop industry over the next 10 years. GO Seed will be working with partners along the supply chain to build the processing capacity for the cover crop seed industry and marketing outlets for wheat grown with a variety of climate smart practices.