Voluntary, Incentive-Based Tools Remain Key for Ag and Climate Policy
By Amie Simpson, Brownfield
February 16, 2021
A leader with the USDA says climate policy will offer farmers and landowners opportunities to address climate change and improve their bottom line.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Robert Bonnie says it must continue to be a voluntary and incentive-based approach.
“There’s some potential real opportunity for agriculture and forestry around climate change if we do it right way,” he says. “If we use incentives, there are opportunities to make this work well for agriculture and help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners improve their bottom line and take advantage of the interest in the marketplace for climate-smart agriculture and forestry.”
He says the USDA will continue to gather agricultural stakeholder input on climate issues...