Rewriting the Farm Bill: A step toward climate-smart agriculture

February 13, 2024 | by

The U.S. Farm Bill, a significant spending package, could impact greenhouse gas emissions by aiding farmers in storing soil carbon, a crucial yet uncertain method in combating climate change.

Max Graham reports for Grist.

In short:

  • The Farm Bill’s potential to reduce emissions hinges on its ability to help farmers increase soil carbon storage, a method with varying scientific certainty.
  • Current soil carbon measurement techniques are costly and complex, highlighting the need for more accessible and accurate methods.
  • The bill could extend funding for soil carbon research, essential for validating and improving carbon sequestration practices in agriculture.

Key quote:

“This is going to be great for the next four years of funding. But then what happens after that?”

— Cristel Zoebisch, analyst at Carbon180.

Why this matters:

Understanding and enhancing soil carbon storage is vital for reducing agriculture’s environmental impact. This article underscores the intersection of agriculture, science, and policy in addressing climate change, a major issue affecting health and the environment on a national scale.

Read: It is time for farmers and policy makers to jointly create a legislation that provides both for the survival of the planet and allows them to survive financially with ongoing taxpayer funding.


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