When it comes to climate smart agriculture, the Russell Group President Randy Russell would like to see more voluntary programs to help farmers generate revenue. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill highlighting ways farmers can participate in carbon markets, is one solution, but Russell says the challenge will be getting support in the House. “Support needs to be bipartisan.” Russell thinks the bill will move faster in the Senate. At the end of April, the Senate Agriculture Committee moved the bill. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow would like the bill to be taken up on the Senate floor as soon as possible. “We’re hoping in a matter of weeks, there will be an opportunity.” If Congress can pass this legislation by the fall, Russell says it may not take long to get the carbon program implemented.
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