The conversation is growing about American agriculture’s role in mitigating climate change. The nonprofit Rural Investment to Protect our Environment, better known as RIPE, offers producers a way to lead on environmental sustainability while boosting their bottom line. The organization said rather than waiting to see what takes place, farmers and ranchers can take part in developing and advancing the RIPE 100 program. It’s a proposed bipartisan climate policy that organizers says would benefit producers and the public.

“There’s a lot of talk about how to get farmers and ranchers involved in climate change mitigation,” says RIPE Board President and farmer Curt Mether. “I support RIPE because it offers a voluntary solution with a good incentive for participating.”

The research-backed RIPE 100 plan will fairly compensate producers for the environmental value they provide through stewardship practices. RIPE 100 includes $100 per acre or animal unit payments for carbon sequestration and several other environmental practices.

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