USDA seeks ways to ‘de-risk’ climate mitigation, says Bonnie – February 5, 2021

USDA seeks ways to ‘de-risk’ climate mitigation, says Bonnie Farmers face significant expenses in adopting climate mitigation practices, and the Biden administration is pondering how to “de-risk those investments,” possibly through a so-called carbon bank, said USDA climate adviser Robert Bonnie on Thursday. “Can we look at some new authorities… Continue reading

RFS ‘is definitely a priority for this administration,’ says EPA nominee – February 4, 2021

RFS ‘is definitely a priority for this administration,’ says EPA nominee The Biden administration plans a thorough review of recent EPA decisions involving the federal mandate to mix corn ethanol and other biofuels into gasoline, said Michael Regan, the White House nominee to run the agency, at his Wednesday confirmation… Continue reading

Agriculture may be ‘first and best place’ for climate gains, says Vilsack – February 3, 2021

Agriculture may be ‘first and best place’ for climate gains, says Vilsack The Biden administration will work with farmers, ranchers and forest owners “to create new sources of revenue tied to their good climate practices,” said agriculture secretary-nominee Tom Vilsack on Tuesday. With USDA’s broad authority to aid farmers, he… Continue reading

Voluntary mitigation is agriculture’s preference on climate change – January 29, 2021

Voluntary mitigation is agriculture’s preference on climate change The incoming chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee said she will pursue “voluntary, producer-led” solutions, such as carbon markets, for agriculture’s contribution to fighting climate change, with the USDA providing expert advice to producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow also said the USDA could… Continue reading

Ag role in climate mitigation: Net-zero emissions – January 28, 2021

Ag role in climate mitigation: Net-zero emissions Before signing an executive order on fighting climate change, President Biden said on Wednesday that mitigation efforts would include net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by the agricultural sector, now responsible for 10 percent of U.S. emissions. “We see farmers making American agriculture first… Continue reading