Jewel Bronaugh, the first African-American woman nominated to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture, sailed through her confirmation hearing as she pledged to work closely with senators on issues affecting the nation’s producers.
The Senate Agriculture Committee has cleared the way for floor consideration of the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which would help farmers, ranchers and foresters take part in voluntary carbon markets.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack denied Thursday that President Joe Biden’s goal of conserving 30% of the nation’s land by 2030 is a “land grab” but is instead intended to protect “private, working lands" through voluntary programs.
A new report from the AGree coalition recommends alternatives for the Agriculture Department to consider in setting up a carbon bank that could be used to develop private credit markets and to assist producers who may be left out of them.
The Senate Agriculture Committee is moving quickly to advance a carbon market bill that would deliver a rare bipartisan win on climate legislation even as President Joe Biden is trying to convince world leaders that the U.S. is serious about slashing greenhouse gas emissions.
As more farmers express interest in getting paid for sequestering carbon, two of the major players in the industry recently made announcements that illustrate the divides that exist in implementing carbon programs.
The Agriculture Department is releasing early the minimum requirements for a dairy donation program that's much larger than one authorized by the 2018 farm bill, as USDA and the dairy industry hope to avoid another occurrence of last year's market disruption and milk dumping.
A landmark bill aimed at smoothing the development of ag carbon markets has been thoroughly rewritten to protect farmers and to give them more say over the certification of credit verifiers and technical advisers.