The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the Growing Climate Solutions Act last week. The bill directs the USDA to create a program to help private landowners generate carbon credits. Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow is a co-author of the bill. “I often say agriculture is riskiest business there is and farmers know all too well how a sudden shift in weather can change everything in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, the climate crisis is causing these extremes to happen more often as we know,” said Stabenow. “With the right support, farmers can cut down on their emissions and benefit from the adoption of practices to store more carbon in soil and in trees.” Lawmakers got feedback from witnesses. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven asked American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall how to make the program as easy as possible for farmers. “Make sure the bill is clear enough that the rules will be something farmers can trust and make it more brief than lengthy,” said Duvall. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said the bill could bring greater value to renewable fuels and biobased products. A bipartisan climate solutions bill is also being considered in the House.
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