House Ag Republicans introduce climate action legislation

April 22, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture introduced legislation to address climate change through agricultural incentives and are asking for a review of the 2018 Farm Bill’s climate initiatives. Republicans say they are hoping for bipartisan support on the five bills they introduced. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) stated this legislation is science-based and innovative and has been presented as an alternative to the Growing Climate Solutions Act. Republicans hope that these agriculture bills will be added in President Biden’s infrastructure package.

The legislation includes: Rep. Thompson’s Sponsoring USDA Sustainability Targets in Agriculture to Incentivize Natural Solutions Act; Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s (R-CA) Restoring Environments, Soils, Trees and Operations to develop the Rural Economy Act; Rep. Rodney Davis’s (R-IL) Naturally Offsetting Emissions by Managing and Implementing Tillage Strategies Act; Rep. Dusty Johnson’s (R-SD) Forestry Improvements to Restore the Environment Act; and Rep. Ashley Hinson’s (R-IA) Producing Responsible Energy and Conservation Incentives and Solutions for the Environment Act.