Farmers Union: Agriculture is an essential part of the climate solution

National Farmers Union, Farm Forum

WASHINGTON — On the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the existential threat that climate change poses to American agriculture as well as the critical role of farmers and ranchers in mitigation and adaptation efforts.

“Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing family farmers, rural communities, and global food security,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We should all be striving, every day, to be better conservationists, but Earth Day is an important reminder that this is the only planet we have, and we must work together to preserve it.” Continue reading here.

Photo from Solar Examples: 21-kilowatt solar system on a family farm in Minden, installed by Graham Christensen, owner of GC ReVOLT. The array provides most of the farm’s energy needs. The project was partly funded by a USDA Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant, which covered 25% of its cost. Additional financing was obtained through the Nebraska Energy Office’s low-interest loan program for solar installations. According to the 2017 Ag Census, a total of 133,176 farms and ranches use renewable energy producing systems, more than double the 57,299 in 2012.

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