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At Subcommittee Hearing, Farmers and Experts Highlight Need for Regenerative Agriculture Amid Worsening Climate Crisis

In July, U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna, Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment, held a hearing to examine regenerative agriculture, the role it can play in preventing the worst of the climate crisis while protecting food supply, and the urgent need to reform federal policies that unjustly favor corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers.

“Climate change poses serious threats to food security,” said Chairman Khanna. “With regenerative agriculture, farmers will be paid to be a key part of the solution to the climate crisis. Regenerative practices can lower carbon emissions, provide environmental benefits like clean water, and rebuild farming communities and economies. No one knows what’s best for the land better than the farmers who work on it day in and day out.”

The Subcommittee heard testimony from Bonnie Haugen, a dairy farmer from Filmore County, Minnesota; Doug Doughty, a grain farmer and cattle producer from Livingston, Missouri; Kara Boyd, President, Association of American Indian Farmers; and Dr. Rachel E. Schattman, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, University of Maine.