USDA is looking for public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy during a Federal Register notice, which can be available on Tuesday.
The notice is a crucial step toward implementing President Biden’s executive order on Tackling the Climate Crisis reception and Abroad, USDA said during a handout .
The order, signed on Jan. 27, states “America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have a crucial role to play in combating the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse emission emissions, by sequestering carbon in soils, grasses, trees, and other vegetation and sourcing sustainable bioproducts and fuels.”
The order directs Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to solicit input from stakeholders as USDA develops a climate-smart agriculture and forestry approach.
“USDA is committed to addressing global climate change through actions that are farmer, rancher and forest landowner-focused which create new market opportunities for the world during a fair and equitable way,” Vilsack said.
“We want your ideas on the way to position the agriculture and forestry sectors to be leaders on climate-smart practices to mitigate global climate change . This includes making the foremost of USDA programs, developing new USDA-led climate strategies, strengthening existing markets and developing new markets that generate income,” he said.
The notice seeks information on four topics: climate-smart agriculture and forestry; biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy; catastrophic wildfire; and meeting the requirements of disadvantaged communities through USDA’s climate strategy.
Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is engaged during a whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect the nation’s lands, biodiversity and natural resources, including soil, air and water.
Through research, conservation practices and partnerships, USDA aims to seek out solutions to agricultural challenges, enhance economic process and make new streams of income for farmers, ranchers, producers and personal foresters.