March 29, 2021

Public comment open by USDA for climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy

Public comment open by USDA for climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the publication of a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The notice is a step towards implementing President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

“USDA is committed to addressing climate change through actions that are farmer, rancher, and forest landowner-focused and that create new market opportunities for the sector in a fair and equitable way,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We want your ideas on how to position the agriculture and forestry sectors to be leaders on climate-smart practices to mitigate climate change. This includes making the most of USDA programs, developing new USDA-led climate strategies, strengthening existing markets, and developing new markets that generate income.”

The notice will focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry, biofuels, bioproducts, and renewable energy, catastrophic wildfire, and meeting the needs of disadvantaged communities through USDA’s climate strategy. The USDA aims to find solutions to agricultural challenges, enhance economic growth, and create new streams of income for farmers, ranchers, producers, and private foresters. The executive order states that America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have an important role to play in combating the climate crisis and directs Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to solicit input from stakeholders as USDA develops a climate-smart agriculture and forestry approach.

The request was published in a Federal Register notice, which will be available for public input until April 30, 2021, and is available online through the Federal Register.