WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2013 –In response to President Obama's announcement on climate change today, American Farmland Trust (AFT), America’s leading farm and ranch land conservation group, said the agricultural sector has the opportunity to help address the causes and consequences of climate change.
“Our food production system remains extremely vulnerable to climate change, with farmers and ranchers facing more frequent severe weather events,” AFT President Jon Scholl said. “However, agriculture has tremendous capacity to both mitigate and adapt to climate change through good conservation practices.”
Scholl said that farmland protection coupled with sound conservation practices that improve agricultural lands increases the ability of farmers and ranchers to withstand extreme weather events, but broad engagement is needed throughout the agricultural sector.
“Given the right tools and incentives, farmers can implement conservation practices that provide multiple environmental benefits, including healthier soils, improved water quality and cleaner air,” said Scholl. “But to achieve the best results, we need more focused policies to support these goals.”
AFT is especially appreciative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent climate-related announcements.
“The vision Secretary Vilsack has outlined will help provide greater focus through regional climate hubs, soil carbon assessment tools and improved cover crop guidelines,” said Scholl. “AFT remains committed to working with the White House, the Congress and farm groups to find effective climate policy solutions.”