USDA Must Act Quickly to Harness Farms and Forests to Build Climate Resilience

EDF statement from Callie Eideberg, director of agricultural policy

April 30, 2021
Hilary Kirwan, (202) 572-3277,

(WASHINGTON, DC — April 30, 2021) The Biden administration has taken a “whole of government” approach to develop bold climate solutions that create good jobs and thriving communities. As part of that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sought public input on its climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy.

“USDA must act quickly to harness the power of farms and forests to slow climate change and build climate resilience. Time is of the essence — both for rural economies that depend on agricultural productivity and all Americans who depend on climate stability.

“Good science, good data and good measurement will be essential for ensuring that climate solutions work well for farmers, foresters, rural communities and the planet. USDA’s scientists and economists have a starring role to play here, especially in bringing much-needed clarity and consistency to agricultural and forestry carbon markets.

“USDA must also listen to and incorporate feedback from the people most affected by climate change — frontline communities and producers, particularly Black, Indigenous and other farmers, ranchers and foresters of color. Doing so will help ensure policies are developed and administered in a way that prioritizes equity, delivers environmental justice and supports producers in adopting climate-smart practices.

“Environmental Defense Fund commends USDA’s focus on climate solutions and looks forward to supporting the agency’s efforts to transform U.S. agriculture and forestry into more equitable, prosperous and resilient industries.”

— Callie Eideberg, EDF’s director of agricultural policy

Click here for EDF’s top five priorities for USDA and here to access EDF’s full comments.

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