Support the Agriculture Resilience Act

In February 2020, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act.  The bill sets a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by the year 2040.

Tell your Representative to support this bill and make farming part of the solution to climate change.

Here’s how to contact your Representative:

  • Go to house.gov
  • use the “Find Your Representative” box at the top right
  • go to your member’s website
  • look for a Contact tab, which will show their phone number and mailing address, as well as a way to email the office.

In your call or email, tell them:

  • You are an organic farmer
  • How climate change is impacting your farm
  • That you want them to support H.R. 5861, the Agriculture Resilience Act, to take long overdue action to make agriculture part of the solution to climate change.

Details on the Agriculture Resilience Act (You can read the text of the bill here):

To reach net-zero agricultural emissions within the next 20 years, the bill focuses on six policy areas with farmer-driven solutions:

  1. Increasing Research:The ARA would ensure existing agriculture research programs prioritize climate change research, increase funding for USDA’s Regional Climate Hubs, support public breed and cultivar research, and create a new SARE Agricultural and Food System Resilience Initiative for farmer and rancher research and demonstration grants.
  1. Improving Soil Health: The ARA would create a new soil health grant program for state and tribal governments, authorize USDA to offer performance-based crop insurance discounts for practices that reduce risk, expand the National Agroforestry Center by authorizing three additional regional centers, and explore new ways to reward farmers such as future carbon markets or tax incentives for soil carbon sequestration.
  2. Protecting existing farmland: ARA would increase funding for the Local Agriculture Market Program and create a new subprogram for farm viability and local climate resilience centers to help farmers reach new markets. The bill would also increase funding for the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program and amend the tax code to exclude from gross income the gain from the sale of 1) permanent conservation easements and 2) farm property to beginning, socially disadvantaged, veteran and young farmers.
  3. Supporting pasture-based livestock systems: The ARA would create a new alternative manure management program to support an array of livestock methane management strategies, a new grant program to help very small meat processors cover the costs associated with meeting federal inspection guidelines, and a Grasslands 30 pilot program within the Conservation Reserve Program to enroll grassland that is exiting CRP or at risk of conversion.
  4. Boosting investments in on-farm energy initiatives: The ARA would increase funding for the Rural Energy for America Program, direct USDA to study dual-use renewable energy and cropping or livestock systems, and move the AgSTAR program to NRCS to provide technical assistance to farmers interested in reducing methane emissions through anaerobic digestion.
  5. Reducing food waste: The ARA would standardize food date labels to reduce consumer confusion, create a new USDA program to reduce food waste in schools, and increase federal support for composting and anaerobic digestion food waste-to-energy projects.