Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday unveiled $7 billion in private sector commitments to promote climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation in Africa, including climate-smart agricultural efforts.
Senators on both sides of the aisle used a farm bill hearing Thursday to call for addressing the rising input costs faced by row crop producers and expanding crop insurance options for fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the top story in global news throughout 2022, forcing American ag and food policy watchers to keep a close eye on the war’s implications for domestic agriculture interests and world food security.
The recently enacted climate law could provide $745 billion to $1.9 trillion in benefits to the nation through 2050 from the reduced impacts of climate change, according to an analysis by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Senate Democrats don’t have a vote to spare this week as they try to pass their historic climate package, including more than $20 billion aimed at helping farmers adopt practices that reduce greenhouse emissions.
The demise of President Joe Biden’s climate funding plan on Capitol Hill makes it a lot harder, but not impossible, to help farmers ramp up climate-related practices. But the administration retains a powerful tool in the Commodity Credit Corp., and there will be pressure to steer farm bill funds into climate priorities.
Agriculture groups must build a broader base of support for farm programs by strengthening relationships with nutrition advocates, environmental groups and minority farmers, a trio of farm policy veterans told leaders of the National Corn Growers Association on Thursday.