How farmers, ranchers, forest owners and the food sector can deliver and benefit from climate solutions

Farmers, ranchers, and forest owners are on the frontlines of climate change and have an important role to play in developing solutions. That shared understanding led an unprecedented group — representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates — to form the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA).

The alliance is pleased to present policy recommendations to help guide the development of federal climate legislation.

Overview of climate policy recommendations

Federal policy can and should provide incentives and support for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners as they tackle the challenges created by climate change. Our policy recommendations cover six areas of focus: soil health, livestock and dairy, forests and wood products, energy, research, and food loss and waste.

These recommendations include:

  • Providing voluntary, incentive-based tools for farmers, ranchers and forest owners to maximize the sequestration of carbon and the reduction of other greenhouse gas emissions as well as increase the resilience of the land.
  • Supporting the development of and overseeing private sector markets for GHG credits.
  • Promoting public and private sector tools to incentivize farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to prioritize and scale climate-smart practices.
  • Offering incentives for farmers to reduce energy consumption, increase use of on-farm renewable energy, and make continued progress toward reducing the lifecycle GHG emissions of agriculture- and forestry-based renewable energy.
  • Streamlining consumer-facing packaging and implementing a public-private-partnership to reduce the GHG impact of food waste and loss within the food value chain.
  • Increasing federal investment in agriculture, forestry, and food-related research substantially and continuously.

Who we are

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance consists of organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates. These groups have broken through historical barriers to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities across the entire agriculture, food and forestry value chains. See all members »

Contact us

We welcome additional members and inquiries about these recommendations. You can reach us using the form below.

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