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Paris Climate Agreement Rules Leave Behind Some Producers

Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:03:03 CST

Paris Climate Agreement Rules Leave Behind Some Producers The National Association of Conservation Districts represents nearly 3,000 conservation districts from Maine to Guam. Every U.S. state or territory has a conservation district, which serves agricultural producers and the public based on local needs.

Tim Palmer, immediate past president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, spoke with KC Sheperd, director for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, about some of the biggest issues facing conversation.

"The climate conversation is very important to our producers," Palmer said. "There is any number of conservation or environmental credits that are coming online."

Producers want to know how to factor credits into their operations, according to Palmer.

"What does it mean to the general public to see that producers are using regenerative practices to help store carbon, clean up the water and help reduce flooding," Palmer said.

While it is great that farmers are being rewarded for conservation efforts, there are some grey areas, according to Palmer.

"Partly because the Paris Agreement rules say that (conservation efforts) have to be something new," Palmer said. "So, our producers who have been doing no-till for 30 years, crop rotation, adding grazing or maintaining grazing in a program do not qualify under the international rules."

NACD is working to gain clarity on this issue and make it so that farmers who have been following best practices can be rewarded for their efforts too.

Hit the LISTEN BAR below to hear KC Sheperd and Tim Palmer talk about NACD efforts to help farmers care for the environment.



Listen to KC's conversation with Tim here.
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