Topic: Climate Change
AFT and its 15 partners were recipients of a $30 million Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant as part of the flagship USDA program to reduce emissions in the production of agricultural commodities and create new markets for climate-smart beef.
The Illinois Cover Crop Initiative is a new program available for farmers who intend to plant cover crops following their 2022 cash crop. Farmers can receive $10 per acre for cover crops planted by December 1, 2022, even if they have planted cover crops before!
Learn more about AFT’s policy recommendations for California to protect vital agricultural land, promote environmentally sound growing practices, and keep farmers on the land for generations.
Farmers can play a key role in combating climate change. AFT works on policies that support farm viability and help farmers mitigate impacts.
The Carbon Reduction Potential Evaluation Tool, or CaRPE, is a web-based interactive tool that allows users to quickly visualize and quantify GHG emission reductions resulting from the implementation of a suite of cropland and grazing land conservation management practices.
AFT’s Climate Initiative is AFT’s comprehensive effort to ensure farmland, farming, and farmers’ roles in growing solutions and resilience to climate change.
Rapid adoption of cover cropping and no-till in the next three to five years can reduce net greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions by 97 million metric tons of CO2e per year—the equivalent to removing 21 million passenger cars from the road for a year or to growing 1.6 billion tree seedlings for one year.
AFT advocates to protect farmland, keep farmers on the land, and help farmers adopt sound farming practices in New York state policy.