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Rep. Pingree Applauds USDA’s Plan to Curb U.S. Agriculture’s Environmental Impact

Washington, February 20, 2020

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of a forward-thinking plan to cut U.S. agriculture’s environmental footprint in half by 2050. Pingree said of USDA’s new Agriculture Innovation Agenda:

“It’s encouraging that the USDA has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector. Extreme weather events and unpredictable growing seasons are already costing America’s farmers their livelihoods. I believe we need to take an ambitious farmer-driven, science-driven approach to promote climate resiliency in agriculture. That’s why, next week, I am releasing a comprehensive bill that will help get us to net zero agricultural emissions by 2040. This will be a roadmap for Congress to support USDA’s efforts by boosting agriculture research and helping farmers draw down more carbon into the soil.”

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