January 20, 2020

Climate Legislation; Mexican Ag Tariffs; Ag Economy; Biofuels; ERS Report; and Farm Policy Perspective

Climate Legislation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a news release yesterday, which indicated that, “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today addressed attendees of the 2009 North American Biochar Conference and discussed the Obama Administration’s commitment to taking international leadership on climate change, and the potential to create rural jobs and opportunities for landowners through the use of biochar.”

Although a complete transcript of the Secretary’s remarks was not located on the USDA homepage at the time of this writing, yesterday’s release did include a few excerpts from yesterday’s address.

“Climate Change is one of the great challenges facing the world. President Obama and I believe that America must show international leadership in our efforts to combat the effects of a changing climate and that we must embrace new technologies to create a green energy economy.”

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can play a very important role in addressing climate change and creating a new energy economy. Biochar has the potential to create opportunities for the agriculture and forestry sectors to mitigate the effects of a changing climate while creating jobs in rural communities and offering new income sources to landowners.”

According to this news article, “‘Biochar’ refers to a charcoal-like compound created through the heat generated by decomposition of plant material. It’s seen by some as a promising way to capture carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and hold it in the soil.”