USDA Plan to Combat Climate Change

USDA Plan to Combat Climate Change

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May 16, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is enhancing it's mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a $72.3 million investment.

Last year, the USDA announced it's 10 Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture.

The initiatives are expected to reduce net emissions and boost carbon storage by over 120 million metric tons of CO2 by 2025. The recently announced investment will go to the environmental quality incentives program to be used for soil health and nutrient stewardship projects, something Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says makes him confident in the Ag industry's efforts to combat climate change.

“American agriculture and forestry are absolutely up to the challenge of climate change," says Sec. Vilsack "and will seize the opportunity it presents.”

The Natural Resources Conservation Services department also announced it will make the EQIP program more responsive and flexible to unique needs of producers in different parts of the country.  The program helps producers become more energy efficient.  You can find your local service center for more information.

Find out more about the USDA's Climate Smart Agriculture initiative.

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