Climate change is a hot topic, nationally and globally. Farmers are seeing increased precipitation and severe weather events impacting their operations. Both the state and federal governments are looking at several climate-related action plans, from Michigan’s MI Healthy Climate Plan to the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act moving through Congress. Proposed policies, programs and private market initiatives have impacts and opportunities across numerous industries, from agriculture to transportation.
Voluntary markets where farmers are paid to sequester carbon or provide other ecosystem services (water quality improvements, pollinator habitat, etc.) could mean additional revenue streams for farmers but should be evaluated in the context of individual farms. They are constantly evolving, but some components to consider include:
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MFB Policy #72 Climate Change
AFBF Policy #503 Climate Change
Farmers for a Sustainable Future
Overview of Voluntary Markets (subject to change)
AFBF Sustainability Series