The USDA will focus on building new and better markets. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says addressing climate change can provide income for farmers, starting with carbon sequestration. “We will begin with farmer outreach asking for input on how to best create new market opportunities to sequester carbon. We want to establish a system designed by farmers, for farmers. We can also invest in new technologies to convert ag waste into a variety of products and continue collecting and reusing methane from livestock operations.” Vilsack also wants current trade deals enforced. “We want to make sure the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is implemented as intended. This week, I’ll have conversations with the secretaries of agriculture in Mexico and the minister of agriculture in Canada to reinforce our goals.” Vilsack was part of the National Farmers Union Convention.
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