FACA Releases Climate Recommendations for U.S. Farm Bill

Includes investments in conservation, rural development, and research

A cowboy riding on a horse, cows nearby, on a sunset-washed prairie in Montana.
Matador Ranch Rider on Matador Ranch © Ami Vitale

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The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) released its recommendations for the upcoming Farm Bill, outlining a series of policies and investments that could help reduce emissions and boost economic opportunities throughout the food and agriculture chain.

FACA, of which The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a founding member, brings together a diverse coalition that includes farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, higher education associations, sportsmen and sportswomen, and environmental advocates.

The following is a statement by Darci Vetter, Global Head of Policy at TNC:

“America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest owners are critical to our economy and way of life. And central to their livelihoods are the lands on which they depend. But like so many of our natural spaces, those lands are threatened by a changing climate. The Farm Bill is perhaps the best opportunity to build these lands’ climate resiliency and make them and those who tend to them part of the solution.

“The Nature Conservancy believes a robust Farm Bill that invests in climate-smart policies and practices will lead to better outcomes for people and nature. Lawmakers made incredible strides in the 2018 Farm Bill with more investment in land conservation, sustainable agriculture, soil health, and other practices that will lead to more resilient landscapes across the country.

“As lawmakers prepare to write the next Farm Bill, we join our fellow FACA members in asking them to build on the progress made five years ago to conserve the vitality of America’s agriculture, food, and forestry sectors in a changing climate.”

Download FACA's recommendations (PDF).

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