USDA to engage climate change issues

USDA to engage climate change issues

Vilsack reiterates the commitment to research

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced USDA initiatives to address the challenges of climate change at an international meeting in Cancun, Mexico, on December 9, 2010.

The Farm Service Agency will provide information to landowners on tree planting and conservation practices. Grants have been awarded to seven states to investigate the economics of reducing agriculture green house gas emissions.

The USDA will fund studies to examine projects to reduce emissions and exploit the potential market for green house gases. Secretary Vilsack reiterated the commitment of the USDA to the Global Research Alliance on Agriculture on Green House Gases launched at the Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting.