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Stabenow Backs a Near-Doubling of USDA Stewardship Funding

President Biden wants U.S. Agriculture, responsible for 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, to be the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions.

The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee called on Thursday for a $50 billion increase in funding for the USDA’s stewardship programs to combat climate change on farms and ranches. And a USDA report said forests could absorb an even larger share of U.S. carbon emissions than the current 14% through a combination of tree planting and prudent management.

President Biden wants U.S. agriculture, responsible for 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, to be the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions. To meet the goal, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA is working on a “multipronged” strategy that is “centered on voluntary incentives that benefit producers and landowners.”