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USDA Under Secretary Discusses Climate Strategies

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie spent an hour with members of the American Coalition for Ethanol last week, answering questions on various climate and conservation topics and stressing the administration’s support for biofuels.

“I hope you know this administration has a strong commitment to ethanol,” Bonnie began. “There’s a lot of alignment between things that can be good for climate, and that can be good for agriculture, and that can create rural jobs, and biofuels is a perfect example of that.”

Bonnie talked about some of what USDA is doing for conservation and the climate, including Climate Smart Commodities projects and incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act. “Agricultural productivity itself is a climate strategy,” said Bonnie, who oversees USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Listen to Bonnie’s conversation with ACE members here:
ACE-DC 23 Robert Bonnie, USDA (53:55)


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