Lawmakers are discussing the role of climate change in the next Farm Bill
Lawmakers debate the role of USDA and farm bill programs in mitigating climate change.
Glenn “GT” Thompson, a member of the House Ag Committee Ranking, says the next farm bill needs common sense solutions. “I’m not going to basically spend our resource, conservation, and crop insurance programs placating Washington think tanks,” he says. “I will refuse to overcomplicate our programs and put climate at the heart of every title in the forthcoming Farm Bill reauthorization.”
Chuck Conner of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance says climate-related programs should be voluntary and incentive-based. “They should drive science-based solutions and outcomes that promote resilience and help rural economies better adapt to climate change.”
Conner is also President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
Conner says the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service needs additional funding and technical assistance to address the climate. “FACA recommends a 10 to 20 percent increase in funding for NRCS programs to be used for new and existing greenhouse gas reductions, adaptations and soil health efforts.
He says FACA also recommends increasing funding for the Rural Energy for America program and better rural broadband implementation.
Thompson and Conner addressed the role of USDA programs in addressing climate change at a hearing on the farm bill on Wednesday.
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