Meeting the challenges of climate change requires a robust, multi-pronged set of approaches.
Meeting the challenges of climate change requires a robust, multi-pronged set of approaches that prioritize producers’ livelihoods and recognize the role of U.S. working lands as a source of climate solutions.USDA has an opportunity and responsibility to invest in climate-smart agriculture. CFAD’s recommendations chart a path that allows agriculture to thrive while making serious progress to curb the effects of climate change.
Our recommendations for recognizing early innovators, strengthening USDA science and research, developing a USDA Climate Bank, and investing in working lands conservation can help USDA promote broader adoption of agricultural conservation practices on working lands and improve farm profitability, increase resilience, reduce risk, enhance environmental performance, and sequester carbon. USDA should send a strong signal to farmers, ranchers, and foresters; the supply chain; and the American public that our food system is committing to climate-smart agriculture and forging a path toward net zero emissions.
We look forward to working with USDA and Congress as they develop climate-smart policies and programs that work for producers, the environment, and society.
Recognizing Early Innovators
Our assessment of the early innovator issue and recommendations for building the business case for adopting and maintaining climate-smart agriculture.
Investing in Working Lands Conservation
Our recommendations for investing in working lands conservation will help USDA expand and streamline existing conservation programs for maximum impact.
Strengthen USDA Support of Research and Science
USDA and the U.S. government have research assets that must be coordinated and leveraged to build the science and business cases for land management change.
USDA National Climate Bank Concept Note
A “Climate Bank” would finance, incentivize, and account for the climate-related contributions of U.S. agriculture and forestry.