The Senate Agriculture Committee quickly advanced the Growing Climate Solutions Act Thursday morning. Via a voice vote, the committee approved the legislation, sending it on to the full Senate for consideration. Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow states, “On Earth Day, our committee came together in a bipartisan way to pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act.”
Ranking member John Boozman says the bill “demonstrates what can be accomplished if we take a bipartisan approach to legislating.” The bill creates a structure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers and foresters scale-up climate-oriented practices and benefit from emerging new sources of farm revenue.
The bill was reintroduced on Tuesday with the support of 42 Senators and over 70 agricultural and environmental organizations. Agriculture groups are supportive of the legislation. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says, “The Growing Climate Solutions Act rightly rewards farmers for climate-smart practices and provides important guidelines for success.”