USDA Seeks Comments on Climate Smart Strategy
The USDA issued a Federal Register notice on Monday asking for public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy.
The advisory follows President Biden’s executive order on tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad.
The ordinance, signed Jan. 27, states that “America’s farmers, ranchers and forest owners have an important role to play in tackling the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by sequestering the carbon in soils, grasses, trees and other plants and the supply of sustainable bioproducts and fuels.
The order directs Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to seek comments from stakeholders. Specifically, the ordinance directs contributions from “tribes, farmers, forest owners, conservation groups, firefighters and other stakeholders on how best to use” USDA programs and funding to encourage voluntary adoption. climate-smart practices to reduce the risk of forest fires and “lead to additional, measurable and verifiable carbon reductions and sequestrations that generate sustainable bioproducts and fuels,” said the presidential decree.
“USDA is committed to addressing climate change through actions that focus on farmers, ranchers and forest owners and that create new market opportunities for the sector in a fair and equitable manner,” said Vilsack.
“We want your ideas on how to position the agriculture and forestry sectors as leaders on climate smart practices to mitigate climate change. This includes making the most of USDA programs, developing new USDA-led climate strategies, strengthening existing markets, and developing new income-generating markets.
The opinion calls for information on four topics: climate-smart agriculture and forestry; biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energies; catastrophic forest fire; and meeting the needs of disadvantaged communities through the USDA climate strategy.