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Food and Ag Climate Alliance Provides Unified Climate Voice to Congress

News / Newsline March 11, 2021

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Members of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance gave testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee during a climate change hearing Thursday. Micheal Clements shares their recommendations to lawmakers.

Clements: Four witnesses representing the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance testified to the Senate Agriculture Committee during a climate change hearing Thursday. Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse told lawmakers the group supports three principles as to how farmers and ranchers can be part of the solution.

Smallhouse: A very broad and diverse group of people have come together in the Food and Ag Climate Alliance and put together quite a few recommendations based on three principles: supporting voluntary markets and incentive-based policies, we want to advance science-based outcomes, and we want to promote resilience and help rural economies better adapt to changes in the climate.

Clements: Smallhouse says many farmers are already utilizing climate-smart practices on their farms.

Smallhouse: Anybody that has implemented renewable energy practices on their farms, precision farming which limits the amount of nitrogen, cover crops, mulching practices, crop rotations for fixing nitrogen, no-till, we’ve got conservation tillage, rotational grazing for ranchers in the west, so lots of different things are happening right now. It just depends on where you are and what’s applicable and what you can afford, really.

Clements: She says the Food and Ag Climate Alliance includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and National Farmers Union, providing a unified voice for agriculture.

Smallhouse: The fact that we’re lending a voice to this effort and we’re working along side the Environmental Defense Fund and several different cooperatives and different trade association in agriculture, shows that there’s a common thread in this effort that farmers can be part of the solution, and that solution should be voluntary and incentive-based, not punitive, and the fact that we’re already doing good work and that should be recognized.

Clements: Learn more at AgClimateAlliance.com. Micheal Clements, Washington.

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