WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the committee advanced the Growing Climate Solutions Act (GCSA).  This legislation, of which Senator Fischer is an original cosponsor, would create a certification program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help farmers and ranchers voluntarily enter carbon credit markets.

“Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are good stewards of our land and effective conservationists. This legislation will help them build on the work they are already doing by ensuring they can voluntarily enter into carbon credit markets. I am pleased to see that the Agriculture Committee has advanced this legislation which will further enable ag producers to be part of the climate solution.”

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The GCSA, led by led by Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), creates a certification process at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers to farmer and rancher participation in carbon credit markets.

USDA would certify third party liaisons to help producers monetize sustainable practices. These liaisons would help producers voluntarily enter carbon credit markets and provide information on practices that capture carbon, reduce emissions, improve soil health, and make operations more sustainable.

Read the full text of the bill here.