WASHINGTON, July 11, 2023 – The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) is encouraged by reports that several FACA priorities are included in USDA’s plan to improve greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting, including the launch of a national soil carbon monitoring network and further updates to conservation practice standards.
We applaud USDA for taking steps to update and improve the quality of data surrounding the emissions reduction potential of climate-smart practices. FACA supports science-based evaluation mechanisms for GHG quantification that account for the diversity and breadth of agricultural and forestry production systems. This work is critical to enhancing trust and confidence in the measurement of emissions outcomes that will allow new markets to flourish. Continued stakeholder input is necessary to ensure strong protections for producer privacy, and standards for data governance.
FACA members are united in support of climate policies that are voluntary, market-based and scientifically sound. Read FACA policy recommendations and see the full list of member organizations at agclimatealliance.com.