A nationalized version of a crop insurance discount program for farmers who plant cover crops in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa is one of the ideas the table for the next farm bill, as lawmakers and environmental groups look for new ways to incentivize cover crops.
Projects to conserve and restore grasslands are among the biggest beneficiaries of $197 million in grants awarded Friday under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which uses local contributions to maximize funding for each project.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., brought new hope to the renewable fuel industry last week by resurrecting scrapped measures from last year’s Build Back Better Act into a scaled-back version of the bill.
Producers have signed up in increasing numbers to protect grasslands, adding more of a “working” element to the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers for employing conservation practices on their land.
Corn and sorghum growers are making the case that newly proposed restrictions on atrazine use will lead to their practicing less conservation tillage, resulting in reduced carbon sequestration at a time American agriculture is trying to make inroads in the fight against climate change.
USDA has a daunting task as it seeks to pick the winners for one of the biggest ag lotteries ever: the $1 billion Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program, whose first round of funding drew more than 450 proposals seeking $3 billion to $4 billion.
Agriculture and forestry could play meaningful roles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world, but lack of financing and know-how remain important barriers, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.