December 14, 2015

Vilsack voluntary climate incentives the way to go

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s climate change study unveiled in Paris at the recent climate talks revealed a negative impact on food production and has led to a voluntary program for agriculture.

Brownfield Ag News asked Vilsack if it would represent incentives for farmers such as those in a cap-and-trade mandatory system that has been rejected by agriculture, ” I think that’s why we put together the building block effort. I think it’s a way in which we can have an incentive, voluntary-based system that puts agriculture in a position where it can double the rate of emission reductions in the next 10 years which would basically assist the U.S. in meeting its proposed reduction of overall emissions by 26 to 28% in the next 10 years.”
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