Across the nation, there is a growing recognition of the vitally important role our farmers and ranchers must play in combating climate change.
For American Farmland Trust, this is a very exciting and long-awaited development. For over 30 years, AFT has promoted climate-smart farming practices that build soil health and sequester carbon. The ability of this strategy to reduce atmospheric carbon to tolerable levels has long been evident to AFT but is finally being recognized by other players engaged in climate issues.
Climate-smart farming practices necessitate an adequate amount of land to allow for cover crops, crop rotations, and other techniques that are not designed solely to raise food, but also to capture carbon. For farmland to both feed us and combat climate change, we need to retain all that we now have. With every acre lost, we lessen our capacity to grow food and our ability to restore the planet.
It is with these needs and opportunities in mind that AFT is proud to announce we’ve accepted an invitation from the U.S. Climate Alliance to be one of their first Impact Partners. This new initiative, called the USCA Impact Partnership, is aimed squarely at driving real world change to positively impact our communities, economies, and climate through fast implementation.
By becoming an Impact Partner, AFT joins a group of civil non-governmental organizations helping the USCA accelerate the implementation of ambitious climate action. AFT will bring its decades of experience in state-level farmland-protection planning to provide targeted technical support to states as they build out their climate plans.
As AFT ramps up our own efforts to help farmers combat climate change, we are proud to be one of the first USCA Impact Partners. In the coming months, we will begin helping states develop effective policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gases and sequester carbon on agricultural lands while improving farm resiliency and productivity.
Our future depends on it.
The USCA is a bipartisan coalition of 17 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Through the Alliance, states are supporting each other in the development and implementation of their climate priorities. To learn more about the USCA, visit www.usclimatealliance.org.
AFT’s Farmers Combat Climate Change initiative is focused on reducing the conversion of agricultural land to development and promoting smart growth; increasing the use of climate-smart conservation cropping systems; and building support for policies that help agriculture mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Learn more at www.farmland.org/Climate