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NPPC Highlights Efficiency Gains, Reduced GHG Footprint in USDA Climate Comments

Dan Climate Change, Environment, Pork, Weather

In comments submitted last week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) highlighted the efficiency gains made by U.S. pork producers that has brought about significant greenhouse gas reductions and made the sector a global model for environmental sustainability. NPPC wrote, “As it considers federal environmental policies, it is critical that USDA recognize the …

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Georgia Awarded RCPP Projects to Help Mitigate Climate Change and Protect Natural Resources

Dan Climate Change, Georgia, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the investment into two projects in Georgia designed to help mitigate climate change and protect natural resources. In all, USDA is investing $330 million in 85 locally driven, public-private partnerships across the nation to address climate change, improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect …

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NCC on Senate Reintroduction of Growing Climate Solutions Act

Dan Climate Change, Cotton, Environment, Legislative

Last week, the U.S. Senate reintroduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021, legislation that would create a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers that prevent farmer and forest landowner participation in carbon credit markets. Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC), Reece Langley, says this bipartisan legislation is expected to move its …

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Biden Pledges 50 Percent Cut in U.S. Emissions By 2030

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Climate Change, Environment

Last week, during a virtual Earth Day summit with other world leaders, President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. A DTN article says biofuel groups are relieved after the president’s plan talked about very low carbon, new generation renewable fuels to help achieve rapid emission reductions in both the auto fleet and aviation. …

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Groups Pleased with Introduction of Growing Climate Solutions Act

Clint Thompson Climate Change

A new version of the Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week. Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Mike Braun from Indiana introduced the bill, which basically would create a certification program and provide technical assistance and information to agricultural producers and forestry owners wanting to voluntarily participate in carbon markets. A few …

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Spain’s Lemon Industry Aids Climate

Dan Citrus, Climate Change

Spain’s lemon industry “actively contributes to the fight against climate change by being a real carbon sink,” according to a recent report from the Lemon and Grapefruit Interprofessional Association (AILIMPO). A carbon sink accumulates and stores some carbon-containing chemical compounds and thereby lowers the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Globally, the two most important carbon sinks are …

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Florida Rancher Jim Strickland: Combat Climate Change Through Agriculture

Dan Climate Change, Florida, News from Our Sponsors

(FDACS) — Sixth-generation Florida rancher Jim Strickland recently published an opinion piece on the important role Florida’s ranches play in combating climate change and preventing over-development. The op-ed was published in The Invading Sea, a collaboration of 25 Florida daily newspapers and WLRN Public Media reporting on climate change and environmental issues, and a project of the Florida Climate Reporting Network. Strickland is the owner …

Environmental Leadership Award

FDACS Looking for Environmental Leaders

Dan Citrus, Climate Change, Conservation, Environment

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. The award recognizes agricultural producers who demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovative techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Nominations must be submitted to FDACS by April 15, 2021. The nomination form may be downloaded below, and more information about …

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Information on USDA’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Strategy Requested

Dan Climate Change, Forestry, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The Notice represents an important step toward implementing President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The Order, signed January 27, states that, “America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have an important role to …