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Scott, Thompson Agree, Disagree on Climate Change

Clint Thompson Climate Change

The tone is set on the climate change debate in the House Agriculture Committee, and it took place during the committee’s first hearing last week. Committee Chair David Scott, of Georgia, says changes in weather patterns bring serious risks to production agriculture, forest resources and the overall economy. He says, “These risks cannot be understated.” Scott also says the USDA’s …

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Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance Expands Membership

Dan Citrus, Climate Change, Environment, Field Crops, News from Our Sponsors

Drills Down on Policy Recommendations (FACA) — The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) announced expanding membership and new policy working groups focused on developing a set of more specific policy proposals that drill down on the 40+ recommendations released by FACA in November 2020. FACA’s eight founding members — American Farm Bureau Federation (co-chair), Environmental Defense Fund (co-chair), FMI …

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DeSantis Plan Would Address Climate Impacts

Dan Climate Change, Florida, Industry News Release

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to spend $25 million next year and more in the coming years to set up a program that would help address coastal flooding and other climate-change impacts across the state. Money for the proposed Resilient Florida grant program would be in addition to $625 million that DeSantis is seeking from lawmakers to continue Everglades …

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Climate Change Issues Discussed in Senate

Dan Climate Change, Florida, Industry News Release

(NSF) — An effort is back in the Senate to permanently set up a statewide office to consider climate change impacts, as environmentalists wait for a new chief resiliency officer to be appointed. Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, filed a proposal Friday to establish an Office of Resiliency, a priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Office of Resiliency would be part …

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GOP Leaders Look at Climate Change Plans

Dan Climate Change, Industry News Release, Weather

(NSF) — Planning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that …

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Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations

Dan Climate Change, Industry News Release, Weather

Agriculture and environmental groups find ways that farmers, ranchers, forest owners and food sector can deliver and benefit from climate solutions (AFBF) — An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates today unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.  The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) …

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Conservation Assistance Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers in 11 Counties

Clint Thompson Climate Change, Florida

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida is accepting applications from agricultural producers until June 15 for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project that improves climate resiliency. NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible farmers and landowners toward conservation practices that improve natural resources in 11 Florida counties through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Producers …

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50th Anniversary of Earth Day Stresses Climate Change, Health

Dan Climate Change, Environment, Florida

(UF/IFAS) — Cooped up inside during the novel coronavirus quarantine? Go for a walk. As you amble outside your home, bear in mind the effort required to preserve the beauty around you, says a UF/IFAS Extension regional sustainability agent. That message from Ramona Madhosingh-Hector resonates, especially as we near April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, Earth …

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Climate Change May Increase Federal Crop Insurance Cost

Dan Climate Change, Economy

(NAFB) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service looked into the ways that climate change could affect the cost of the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP). Researchers worked with statistical models to predict crop yields from historical weather data. They used weather simulations from climate models to build scenarios showing how yields might respond to climate change. Economic …

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Sierra Club Says Addressing Climate Change Urgent

Dan Climate Change, Environment, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Water

(NSF) — Sierra Club Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone warned Friday that time is running short as the state faces the consequences of climate change. “It’s just one minute to midnight in Florida, because the state is at ground zero for sea-level rise,” Jackalone told reporters in Tallahassee as he discussed environmental issues for the upcoming 2020 legislative session and other …