USDA is investing in pilot projects that promote and monitor the benefits of climate-smart conservation practices. The agency is seeking public input on the design of the new initiative, taking comments through the Federal Register by November 1. “We need to accelerate the development of science-based solutions and continue to develop new tools to pinpoint barriers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Meeting the commitment of zero emissions by 2050 will not happen based on current technology. The private sector needs to be engaged in solutions.” Vilsack also talked about the many existing farm bill programs that already incentivize farmers to focus on conservation, including crop insurance. In the next three years, the USDA plans to make climate-smart agriculture and forestry a priority in the implementation for all farm bill programs.
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