Climate is a top priority for the Biden administration. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Chuck Conner, member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, says it’s been interesting to monitor how the ag industry’s recommendations are being incorporated into policy. There’s $27 billion in climate funding included for agriculture in the Build Back Better Act. “The climate piece is a three-legged stool: technical assistance for farmers, cost-share to make this affordable and the third component is research.” With the Build Back Better being a top priority for President Biden, Conner thinks Congress will likely try again on this bill in 2022. “Opposition is pretty firm right now and there are big hurdles for the Senate to overcome, but we’ll continue to push for this three-legged stool in future legislation. We’ll continue to collaborate on climate through the next farm bill debate.”
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