Vilsack: Infrastructure Bill Has Big Benefits For Farming Community

The “traditional” infrastructure, is bound for President Biden’s desk, but he said he won’t sign it until Congress is back in session. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s normal budget has many programs to support climate smart agriculture. But, according to the head of the USDA: “Build back better contains an historic amount of […]

Digesters Show How Agriculture Can Be Part Of Climate Solutions

In late October, Shell Oil Company announced it would construct a dairy manure to renewable natural gas facility at the Bettencourt Dairies in Wendell, ID. Once up and running this RNG facility is expected to produce approximately 400,000 MMBTu per year. The use of RNG can reduce CO2 emissions from around 50%-100% compared to fossil […]

USDA Emphasizes Commitment to Climate at COP26

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack attended the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. He emphasized USDA’s support for President Biden’s whole of government approach to combatting climate change, creating good jobs, and economic growth in the U.S. During the conference at various events, he highlighted USDA partnerships and initiatives that put agriculture, forestry, […]

Building a Coalition of Sustainable Production

It was an effort launched last September at the United Nations Food Systems Summit. “The sustainable productivity growth in food security and resource conservation coalition; the SPG Coalition,” Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh noted during a recent World Food Price virtual briefing. “The goal of this coalition is to accelerate sustainable agricultural productivity; growth that […]

Vilsack Promotes AIM Ahead Of COP26

As the United Nations’ latest climate change conference, COP26, approaches, among the efforts to be officially announced during the two week event in Glasgow, Scotland, is the USDA’s AIM for Climate Initiative. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently discussed the effort during a recent Norman Borlon dialogue panel session. Vilsack said AIM is something that benefit […]

Schrier’s Forest Restoration Act Clears House Ag Committee

Last week, the House Ag Committee approved legislation that looks to restore damaged public lands. Earlier this year, Washington Representative Dr. Kim Schrier introduced the National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act. The bipartisan legislation looks to allow the Forest Service to collect and keep the interest earned on settlement funds in order to pay for […]

Vilsack Promotes Climate Smart Plan

Late last month, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, introduced a new USDA climate-smart agriculture and forestry and marking and financing partnership initiative. “Will help finance the production of climate-smart commodities through a series of large-scale pilots and demonstration projects funded from the USDA. To finance the steps necessary to properly measure and validate the environmental response […]

USDA Launches First Phase of Soil Carbon Monitoring Efforts through CRP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $10 million in a new initiative to sample, measure, and monitor soil carbon on Conservation Reserve Program acres. The investment seeks to better quantify the climate outcomes of the program. USDA said CRP is an important tool in the Nation’s fight to reduce the worst impacts of climate change facing our farmers, […]

McDonald’s Seeks Net Zero Emissions by 2050

McDonald’s Corporation recently announced a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. The company is joining the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. McDonald’s will increase the emissions reduction levels in its existing 2030 science-based target and will […]

Vilsack Offers Updated On AIM Efforts

Back in April, when President Biden had his climate summit at the White House he announced his AIM for Climate initiative, the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate. It’s goal is to form a coalition of nations to join that mission. What’s happened since then?  “Out focus for the last several months as President Biden announced […]