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Millers comment on climate-smart agriculture

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WASHINGTON, DC, US — The North American Millers’ Association on Nov. 1 submitted feedback to the US Department of Agriculture in response to the company’s request for solutions on how authorities would possibly promote and construction an envisioned Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (CSAF) Partnership Program.

Jane DeMarchi, president of NAMA, within the affiliation’s response to the USDA’s request for feedback, pressured the necessity for larger transparency within the USDA’s CSAF initiative and course of.

“It would be helpful to both millers and producers to hear more from USDA about the agency’s intentions for a climate-smart future for US agriculture,” DeMarchi mentioned. “Our industry would appreciate more interaction with USDA, such as listening sessions or discussions of concepts that could then help us better understand and provide input into USDA’s vision with regard to climate-smart policies.”

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Sept. 29 requested the feedback from farm, agribusiness and different organizations and stakeholders.

“Through extreme weather, drought and fire, our agriculture producers are on the frontlines of climate change,” Vilsack mentioned. “The new Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative will support pilots that create new market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices and position US farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners as leaders in addressing climate change.”

In addition to emphasizing the necessity for larger transparency within the course of, NAMA made a number of different key factors in its feedback.

NAMA mentioned standardization of a CSAF program by the involvement of the USDA could be integral to the success of low-carbon commodities and carbon market credit as a result of it could enhance integrity inside the market and handle the present uncertainty going through each personal firms and farmers. 

The affiliation mentioned the USDA ought to develop a set of requirements for any voluntary carbon markets so that every one these concerned are assembly the identical aims and know what advantages will accrue to which practices. 

“Millers support activities that test and evaluate standardized protocols that define eligible climate-smart agriculture practices, quantification methodologies, and verification practices, with an emphasis on minimizing transaction costs and operating at scale, which is imperative for our members,” NAMA mentioned.

NAMA pressured future USDA climate-smart applications needs to be structured in a approach that many various organizations, grower teams, analysis establishments, and particular person farmers would have the flexibility to use.

“Millers believe USDA should not establish a single payment per ton of greenhouse gas generated through partnership projects as part of the project payment structure,” NAMA mentioned. “Instead, USDA should evaluate a range of incentive options so that producers are not inherently disincentivized from growing small grains. As grain processors, we are concerned that certain practices, if adopted, may inadvertently negatively impact the production and functionality of grain.” 

NAMA added it could be useful for producers and processors to have nearer partnerships with the USDA to attain a greater understanding of how climate-smart practices would have an effect on their commodities, together with by USDA analysis applications.