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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $300 million through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to improve measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The new investments, made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act, will advance priorities set by the broader Federal Strategy to Advance Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Monitoring for the Agriculture and Forest Sectors (PDF, 813 KB), which was also released this week as a draft for public input and outlines a strategic framework and priority actions for improving accuracy and reducing uncertainty in greenhouse gas estimates.
The Inflation Reduction Act provided nearly $20 billion in overall investments to advance climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices. This week’s announcement and the broader federal strategy will support the effective implementation of these climate and conservation investments and help further President Biden’s bold goal of achieving a 50-52 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
“Since day one, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken bold steps in climate-smart agriculture by making programs as strong and effective as possible,” Vilsack said. “To do this, we have to improve the scientific backbone of our programs. This new investment by USDA in improving data and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions – made possible through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda – is unmatched in its scope and potential to increase accuracy, reduce uncertainty and enhance overall confidence in these estimates. We’re data driven, and we seek continuous improvement in our climate-smart agriculture and forestry efforts.”
“One of the big remaining technological challenges for tackling the climate crisis is ensuring that natural solutions in agriculture and forestry are working well,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation. “Today’s USDA announcement of $300 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to measure and verify emissions from those sectors is a big step in the right direction.”
I am alarmed that farming and ranching are still getting wrongly blamed for the climate crisis, which has yet to be determined if there is really a crisis at all. On any given day barring that it isn’t a blizzard out here, I can go atop a hill around my house and monitor emissions and air quality and report back that I can see clear blue skies for a country mile, make that twenty miles in all directions.
It would seem that monitoring should take place in locations where there is truly a problem like Los Angeles and New York City. How about collecting greenhouse gas emissions in those cities. Fields of soybeans and rolling prairies don’t look the problem.
We all know that what the government likes to “monitor” means that it is their next target for control. American agriculture has been unjustly painted as the poster child for a climate crisis that the globalists are continuing to push. We only need to look at our fellow ag producers in Denmark to realize what their goal is, control the land, control the food, control the people.
Tune in next week as I will bring you more ag news from our nation’s capital.
Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
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