American Farm Bureau playing favorites when it comes to climate policy
American Farm Bureau sees a clear path forward on climate change policy.
Director of congressional relations Andrew Walmsley says AFBF favors the Growing Climate Solutions Act.
“This is a bipartisan bill that was introduced in the Senate and now the House. It meets our policy (criteria), and we thought it was important as we go through this process that we could be for something. Because there’s going to be some really bad policy ideas that we’re going to have to be against.”
During a webinar hosted by Minnesota Farm Bureau Thursday, he said the bill is all about providing information to producers.
“It would create an advisory committee at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advise the Secretary on these different emerging carbon markets. The panel would be made up of scientists, researchers, and farmers.”
Walmsley says the directive of the Growing Climate Solutions Act is to develop what he calls a “gold star standard” of common practices, contracts, and items USDA deems important for farmers when it comes to carbon markets.
The National Farmers Union, Nation Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Pork Producers Council, and U.S. Cattlemens Association also support the bill.