Ag groups send climate letter to trade ambassador

Tai recognizes role farmers can play in establishing trade rules that also address climate change.


Jacqui Fatka, National Hog Farmer

Apr 30, 2021


Agriculture organizations sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai highlighting the great strides the U.S. ag industry has made toward environmental sustainability and climate goals and stressing the importance of voluntary, market and incentive-based policies to help rural economies better adapt to climate change.


The letter comes in response to remarks that Tai made April 15 on “Trade Policy, the Environment and Climate Change.” Tai remarked that “climate-friendly and sustainable agricultural production is essential to meeting our climate and sustainability goals” and U.S. farmers and ranchers can lead the world with innovative carbon conservation practices.


Tai noted in what was her first speech as USTR ambassador that a chasm exists between those who believe that trade policy is a legitimate tool in helping to solve the climate crisis and those who do not. “My job is to bridge that chasm and push for trade reforms that translate into meaningful change in the lives of farmers, ranchers, factory workers, parents, children – not just in the United States, but around the world,” she said...


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