Climate

“With the right tools and partnerships, American agriculture and forestry can lead the world in solutions that will increase climate resilience, sequester carbon, enhance agricultural productivity, and maintain critical environmental benefits.”  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

The Foreign Agricultural Service leads USDA's international efforts to put agriculture at the center of solutions to the climate crisis, focusing on trade, food systems, food security, sustainable production growth, capacity building, and related issues.  

Climate Solutions at USDA

USDA is engaged in a whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect our nation’s lands, biodiversity, and natural resources. Through research, conservation practices, and partnerships, USDA aims to find solutions to agricultural challenges, enhance economic growth, and create new streams of income for farmers, ranchers, producers, and private foresters. Click here to learn more.

Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

Internationally, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are leading the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C), a joint initiative to address the climate crisis through increased and accelerated investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation. Click here to visit the AIM4C website (external).

White House Fact Sheet: Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition

USDA launched the Coalition for Sustainable Productivity Growth at the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021. The coalition is another channel for cooperation to foster more sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, while ensuring the availability and affordability of food around the world. Click here to learn more.

US-EU Collaboration Platform on Agriculture (CPA)

Launched in late 2021, the CPA is a joint endeavor between USDA and the EU Directorate-General for Agriculture (DG AGRI) to foster communication, information exchange, and mutual understanding as we work together to ensure a sustainable, climate-smart future for agriculture. Click here to learn more.

Data and Analysis

Climate change, the environment, and increased participation of Indigenous Peoples, women and youth will feature alongside more traditional priorities like competitiveness, innovation and international trade in Canada’s future agricultural policy framework. Federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers made the announcement on July 22, 2022, while the policy framework will be implemented from April 1, 2023.
Recently, the New Zealand Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership – He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) – delivered their recommendations on an alternative agricultural emissions solution to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). In its report, HWEN outlined various recommendations which center around a farm-level split gas levy on emissions.
In an evaluation of Dutch food policy published on March 29, 2022, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Henk Staghouwer, proposed to explore the possibilities of introducing a meat tax in the Netherlands.

News and Features

Secretary Vilsack and Mexico Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos met this week to continue cooperation on shared priorities including open trade, science-based policy making, and sustainable and climate-smart agricultural production.
At the first AIM for Climate ministerial meeting in Dubai, Secretary Vilsack called on AIM for Climate partners to continue on their ambitious path towards addressing global climate change and hunger challenges.
From February 18-22, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to lead a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission and hold events focused on the United States’ commitment to working with international partners to combat climate change.

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