Farm groups offered their support this week for a climate bill that would give farmers access to carbon offset markets during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday. The Growing Climate Solutions Act would create a certification program at the Department of Agriculture to help solve technical barriers to participation in carbon credit markets for farmers and forest landowners. The bill would also provide the Ag Secretary with an advisory council of agriculture experts, scientists, producers, and others, to ensure the certification program works for all participants.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said the bill “builds upon American agriculture’s strong foundation of environmental stewardship and innovation.”

National Farmers Union President Rob Larew suggested several additions to strengthen the bill, including mechanisms to prevent farm-level consolidation, robust funding for public climate research, and protections for farmers from bad actors or faulty market efforts.

The National Pork Producers Council says the bill rewards contributions by pork producers and other sectors of agriculture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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