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AFBF Supportive of Updates to Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

AFBF Staff

photo credit: Mark Stebnicki, North Carolina Farm Bureau

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to decrease data demands of farmers participating in the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative.

“Farm Bureau supports USDA’s partnership initiative and we are glad to see the department take another look at the related data requirements. The extensive data collection provisions of the program are well-meaning but have led to burdensome reporting requirements and some farmers being reluctant to participate.

“Building new markets for commodities is difficult work and we are glad USDA is listening to participants and continuing to be nimble in implementing this program. They will only succeed by building trust with farmers and ranchers, and they’re on the right track with climate-smart programs that are voluntary, incentive-based and market driven.”

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