Farm policy expert discusses climate, ag issues


Farm policy expert discusses climate, ag issues

President Elect Joe Biden has made it clear addressing climate change is a top priority and Farm Policy Expert Ray Starling says agriculture has a role to play in that effort.  

“I think you’re going to see, with the help of Vilsack and with the help of a climate czar now in the White House, I think you’re going to see a lot of focus on climate change and how ag can be a solution to that discussion,” he says.

Starling has served as ag advisor to President Trump and chief of staff for Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Now that a new Congress has convened, he says legislators must focus on ag issues in the coming year.

“There are a lot of thorny and hairy issues in agriculture that Congress is going to have to quit punting on,” he says. “Labor and immigration policy, genetic engineering policy particularly as it relates to animal production and animal agriculture, and, of course, trade, trade, trade.”

Starling says promoting conservation efforts, renewable fuels and expanded trade could benefit the agriculture industry.