February 28, 2023


FACA releases US farm bill policy recommendations to support economic opportunities, address climate change




The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance released policy recommendations for the 2023 US farm bill.


The farm bill is essential legislation that impacts every family in the United States and has enormous potential to help the food, agriculture and forestry sectors achieve their climate mitigation potential while preserving and creating new economic opportunities.


Further reducing emissions throughout agricultural and forestry supply chains will require a comprehensive effort involving financial and technical assistance, research investments, proactive response to innovation, public-private partnerships and a commitment to equitable opportunities for all producers.


FACA's recommendations, developed by the 23-member steering committee, are divided into six categories:


    - Conservation, risk management and credit;


    - Energy;


    - Food waste;


    - Forestry;


    - Livestock and dairy;


    - Research, Extension and innovation.


FACA's past recommendations have provided guidance to members of the US Congress and administration officials and have been credited with shaping federal laws and programmes. Both chambers of the Congress and the US president have been urged to act this year to pass a farm bill that advances voluntary bipartisan climate solutions.


FACA's founding organisations and co-chairs celebrated the policy recommendations and the impact they will have.


Rob Larew, president of National Farmers Union, said: "Climate change continues to be a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and their communities. Farmers are already implementing practices to address the climate crisis and make their farms more resilient. The farm bill presents an opportunity to build upon the programmes that support these voluntary, incentive-based practices.


"FACA's farm bill recommendations will establish a strong foundation to support farmers and ranchers in sequestering carbon, building soil health and reducing emissions for years to come."


Chuck Connor, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said: "Throughout our work, FACA has been driven by the recognition that the farm bill is also a food bill, having importance beyond agriculture and impacting every family in America. Consumers are increasingly interested in both where their food comes from and the climate impact of what they eat. By helping America's farmers, ranchers and growers continue adoption of more climate-friendly farming practices, the recommendations will help producers meet growing consumer preferences.


"Also, by building on and strengthening efforts to combat food waste in the 2018 farm bill, the recommendations would ensure that the resources put towards growing and producing food are used as efficiently as possible."


Elizabeth Gore, senior vice president for political affairs at Environmental Defense Fund, said: "The farm bill is one of the biggest opportunities to advance conservation and climate solutions in the US FACA's recommendations will make it easier for farmers, ranchers and foresters to help stabilise the climate, while building resilience to climate impacts that are already affecting crops and livestock. In doing so, they can continue to produce food for a growing population and support vibrant agricultural and rural economies."


Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), said: "Despite a pandemic, severe weather, volatile markets and rising costs, farmers continue to meet the growing needs of America's families, and the farm bill helps make that possible. We look forward to working with Congress to strengthen Title I programs, improve risk management tools, and utilize these FACA recommendations to advance our sustainability mission in a manner that respects farmers and ranchers as partners."



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