That perspective was advocated by Robert Bonnie during a virtual forum hosted by AGree. Bonnie, who is the deputy chief of staff for returning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, addressed the use of the CCC for climate change initiatives. “Carbon is a commodity right now and the CCC was built to help think about we stabilize that and think about how we can work with producers to market them.” Bonnie said any carbon program must be workable and have a low cost of entry. At the AGree forum, House Agriculture Committee Chief of Staff Anne Simmons said climate change will be the topic of the first hearing. The status of black farmers, crop insurance and food security will also be addressed by new House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott. AGree is a bipartisan initiative that focuses on conservation, risk management and other long-term policy issues.
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