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Senator Stabenow Applauds New USDA Initiative to Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Address Threat of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese to help America’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters address the threat of climate change. The announcement was made on the campus of Michigan State University where President Obama signed Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill into law.

“Climate change has the potential to affect every person and every industry in America,” Stabenow said. “However, no one feels this building pressure more than our farmers, ranchers, and foresters. As our climate changes, their ability to produce our food, timber, and fiber will become increasingly strained and uncertain. That’s why it’s important we begin to address the issues of climate change in a serious way. Today’s plan builds on the voluntary programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. I look forward to working with the Administration on the work already being done by our farmers and ranchers to address this issue.”

Today’s announcement builds on efforts in Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill that emphasized the use of clean, renewable energy across rural America, while strengthening conservation and land stewardship programs to help farmers and ranchers conserve vital natural resources.