Glenn GT Thompson is pushing back on USDA’s climate-smart pilot programs

In response to this week’s announcement of climate-smart pilot programs, the ranking House Ag Committee member is questioning the cost.

The ranking House Ag Committee member is pushing back on USDA’s announcement of climate-smart pilot programs.

This week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $3 billion for the first 70 projects, and it received praise from many agriculture and rural industries including the American Farm Bureau. Congressman GT Thompson, however, is questioning the price tag.

“USDA is abusing the authorities of the Commodity Credit Corporation to stand up a pilot program while ignoring the significant issues facing farmers and ranchers. It’s as though Secretary Vilsack is intent on having Congress once again limit his ability to abuse the CCC,” said Thompson.

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