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Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act

Act would help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to implement climate-friendly practices.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) applauds the reintroduction of the Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill that will help link farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to voluntary carbon markets and demonstrates the ongoing bipartisan support for natural climate solutions and broader climate policy efforts.

The bill, which has numerous co-sponsors from both parties, was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. The bill would create a certification program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help solve technical entry barriers for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to access revenues for climate-smart practices.

The bill has the support of TNC and dozens of other leading agricultural and environmental organizations.

“Passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act would be a big win for agriculture, conservation and the climate,” said Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy.

“Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are critical to helping combat climate change, but they need a straightforward way to tap revenue streams for implementing climate-friendly practices. This bill would help ensure producers are recognized and rewarded for the role they play.

“We are grateful to the sponsors for working across the aisle to support natural climate solutions and address the climate challenge.”

At scale, agriculture and land use practices can be an effective method for capturing and storing carbon dioxide, the most plentiful greenhouse gas. Several issues – including access to reliable information about markets and access to qualified technical assistance providers and credit verifiers – have limited both landowner participation and the adoption of climate-friendly practices.

The bill will help ensure that U.S. producers are rewarded for managing their land to store carbon, reduce emissions and create resilience to extreme weather such as floods and drought.

Cosponsoring the Growing Climate Solutions Act are Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman, R-Ark., and Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Chris Coons, D-Del., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Angus King, I-Maine, Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, John Thune, R-S.D., Todd Young, R-Ind., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, John Hoeven, R-N.D., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Tom Carper, D-Del., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Raphael Warnock D-Ga., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.

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