Climate Change en Northeast puts the brakes on transportation GHGs <span>Northeast puts the brakes on transportation GHGs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nine northeast states and the District of Columbia have <a href="">reached an agreement</a> to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector and invest in a more low-carbon, climate-resilient system. The states will develop a new regional policy by the end of 2019, informed by extensive stakeholder involvement.</div> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:59:38 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43871 at The carbon tax gaps <span>The carbon tax gaps</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/09/2019 - 09:36</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In late 2018, the bipartisan <a href="">Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act</a> was introduced in both the House and Senate.</p></div> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:36:29 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43869 at Senator Warren's push for climate risk disclosure <span>Senator Warren&#039;s push for climate risk disclosure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/04/2019 - 08:53</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Just prior to the new year, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) threw her hat into what is expected to be a crowded 2020 presidential race. Senator Warren has been an advocate for climate action, and <a href="">her lead climate proposal</a> capitalizes on her market regulatory expertise to require new levels of climate risk disclosure by public corporations—including agribusiness firms. </p></div> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:53:23 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43865 at Uprooted Episode 53: COP 24 <span>Uprooted Episode 53: COP 24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-audio view-mode-feature"> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/josh-wise" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Wise</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Josh talks with Shefali Sharma and Laurel Levin about their experience at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland. You can read Shefali's COP dispatches from the COP here: </p></div> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:38:35 +0000 Josh Wise 43857 at COP 24: Time to draw the line between agribusiness and agriculture <span>COP 24: Time to draw the line between agribusiness and agriculture</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For an agriculture decision in 2020 to be meaningful, substantive and truly allow for agriculture to contribute to the 1.5°C pathway and become climate resilient, the UNFCCC, governments and IGOs must begin today to make a distinction between agribusiness and agriculture (including the food growers that represent 88 percent of global farmlands).</p> </div> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:34:24 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43852 at Status quo Farm Bill falters on economic, climate challenges <div data-history-node-id="43851" class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-agriculture has-field-primary-category has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <h3 > By sidestepping the issues of economic and climate resilience, Congress is ignoring the transformative changes needed in agriculture</h3> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about/staff/iatp" hreflang="en">IATP</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MINNEAPOLIS—The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress on Wednesday is largely status quo from the 2014 version and will continue to drive overproduction and low farm income while ignoring the stark realities of climate change, commented the <a href=";H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=ypuNEQBgbQByn5_6OdXxwMFlppBMikGIsclCAYYIq2U">Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy</a> (IATP).  </p> <p>“Only weeks after a devastating National Climate Assessment outlined the rising risks to agriculture, this Farm Bill remains largely in climate denial,” said <a href=";H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=XfLaBtZikQQRc3Al3f3Z_hMYcYRiFKsWJeaI2bZXToA">Ben Lilliston</a>, IATP’s Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change. “Climate disruptions are confronting farmers and rural communities on top of rising debt, increased corporate concentration and tariff conflicts with leading trade partners. Our concern is that this Farm Bill makes it likely that emergency payments will be needed in the coming years to keep farmers afloat.” </p> <p>The new Farm Bill largely maintains commodity crop programs (covering energy-intensive crops like corn, soy, wheat, rice and cotton) that are driving overproduction and often result in below-cost prices. While the new Farm Bill improves risk management tools for dairy farmers, the problem of dairy oversupply is largely unaddressed.  </p> <p>Popular conservation programs that support farmers in responding to climate change continue to be underfunded. The bill does improve the working lands Conservation Stewardship Program to encourage cover cropping, resource-conserving crop rotation, and advanced grazing systems—all practices that help farms adapt to climate change—though the program faces long-term cuts. And while the new Farm Bill expands funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), it leaves loopholes in place that subsidize new and expanded large-scale factory farms. Guaranteed loan programs through the Farm Service Agency also continue to support factory farms that spur overproduction, hurt independent farmers and ranchers, and increase air and water pollution in rural communities around the country.  </p> <p>“More than half of farmer applicants for CSP are turned away each year,” said <a href=";H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=YvNWoRLMaQqGwVpMBYDoUxFMAYAD17lAFFtGQbynvhM">Tara Ritter</a>, IATP Senior Program Associate. “This highly successful program needs to be accessible for all farmers who need it, given the urgent climate challenges we are facing.”   </p> <p>The new Farm Bill includes important programs that could support climate-resilient agriculture, including a pilot Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) that will support farmers in Midwest states growing hay or doing sustainable grazing and expands funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Reforms in the crop insurance programs that better support the planting of soil health-building cover crops, and improvements in whole farm protection could aid small or mid-sized diversified farms.  </p> <p>The bill also provides permanent, baseline funding and significant policy improvements to programs that support local food systems and beginning and underserved farmers, including the new Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program and the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).  </p> <p>The bill also restores the Undersecretary of Rural Development as a permanent mandatory position, responding to a move by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to eliminate the position. A new Undersecretary will be critical to managing rural-focused programs that provide business and cooperative loans and broadband expansion—programs that will help rural economies that are disproportionately affected by climate change.  </p> <p>“By side-stepping the big issues of economic and climate resilience for farmers and rural communities, Congress is putting off the transformative changes in farm policy that will be needed in the near future,” said Lilliston.  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:02:19 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43851 at Different worlds at COP 24 <span>Different worlds at COP 24</span> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/colleen-borgendale" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Colleen Borgendale</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:13</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>IATP spent the past week at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. We wanted to connect with civil society groups working on climate, agriculture and land use, particularly on securing land, human and food rights of communities around the world. We hoped to learn how governments plan on addressing agriculture in climate negotiations.</span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:13:16 +0000 Colleen Borgendale 43858 at Listening to Rural Minnesota on Climate Change <span>Listening to Rural Minnesota on Climate Change</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-video view-mode-feature"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=";start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:09</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>The following was published by </em>Sierra<em> on December 14, 2017, under the title </em>Talking About Climate Change in Trump Country<em>.</em></p></div> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:09:08 +0000 admin 43848 at Factory farms slip environmental review for USDA loans <span>Factory farms slip environmental review for USDA loans</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:42</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>In August 2016, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency quietly announced a major change regarding its loan program for medium-sized Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The agency would no longer require an environmental review under the <a href="">National Environmental Protection Act</a> (NEPA) prior to the approval of such loans. Nor would neighboring farmers, rural residents or local government officials have notice that such an operation was being built until construction began.</div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:42:14 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43837 at Groups file lawsuit to require environmental review for public loans to industrial animal operations <div data-history-node-id="43835" class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <h3 > USDA should reverse its decision in order to protect rural communities, water and the climate</h3> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about/staff/iatp" hreflang="en">IATP</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>WASHINGTON—</span></span></span>The <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=3LGY5h3DH5gu_TDFo9yOP2XHXkWgy_bDG4pwTrQH6fQ">Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy</a> (IATP) joined a coalition of eight groups representing family farmers, sustainable agriculture advocates and concerned citizens across the country in <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=KbDKQImX1tz41WofL8y3RttU0ngOoHgFazP6LgU9Z8s">filing suit against the United States Department of Agriculture</a> today to stop a policy exempting industrial animal operations that receive federal loans from undergoing an environmental review or providing any notice of their planned operations to neighbors.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The USDA’s rule change, adopted in 2016 by its Farm Service Agency, grants exemptions from the usual process of notice, comment and oversight when the government provides taxpayer-subsidized loans to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) considered “medium-sized.” Such facilities are authorized to hold nearly 125,000 chickens, 55,000 turkeys, 2,500 pigs, 1,000 beef cattle or 700 dairy cows. By failing to review the financing for these facilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Trump administration has helped cloak their planned operations in secrecy, preventing communities from obtaining information regarding the impact on local air and water quality.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“This factory farm model of animal production is linked to air and water pollution in states around the country, from North Carolina, to Iowa, to California,” said <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=XfLaBtZikQQRc3Al3f3Z_hMYcYRiFKsWJeaI2bZXToA">Ben Lilliston</a>, IATP’s Director of Climate and Rural Strategies. “Rural communities directly bear these risks, from quality of life issues to loss in property values. Many of these operations would not exist without publicly backed loans, so we must ensure they serve the public good.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=KbDKQImX1tz41WofL8y3RttU0ngOoHgFazP6LgU9Z8s">Today’s lawsuit alleges</a> that both the rulemaking process and the final rule now being implemented violate NEPA and the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to provide adequate notice of the proposed rule change and refusing to clarify why medium-sized CAFOs should be automatically exempt. Between the rule’s implementation in August 2016 and December 2017, the government allowed 40 such operations in four Arkansas counties alone, with no public comment or environmental assessment.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The factory farm system is integral to the global meat and dairy industry and is linked to rising agriculture greenhouse gas emissions, making a system of strong environmental review of new operations even more necessary and urgent,” said Lilliston. “It’s troubling to see the USDA reverse basic protections that were in place for rural communities for decades.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Earlier this year, IATP and GRAIN released the report <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=JWBLzQGHXC8JC5TgAOa1XBG9kL1NIKrfZNJHIuKt8hM"><em><span>Emissions Impossible</span></em></a>, documenting the greenhouse gas contributions of global meat and dairy companies.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Responsible agricultural operations that are committed to being both good neighbors and good stewards of their communities have nothing to fear from a notice to the community and an assessment of their operations,” the coalition said. They called on the USDA to look “out for family farms and rural communities, and not just the interests of giant corporations.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With IATP, other organizations participating in the lawsuit include <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=IOyTZK9X7Qyi6IruckJVWiiXjFRjSSINdU7z5QafbeQ">Dakota Rural Action (S.D.)</a>, <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=vcY1MeHTmXuMdJKfTmtz7btQdrPEXfH2fk1Z0aMum9U">Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement</a>, <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=x5ynrPQf33Gm56xyM1VXUs4Plb6vr-Tp7cAiyElf118">Citizens Action Coalition (Ind.)</a>, Association of Irritated Residents (Calif.), <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=zOUZx_r7IkgklinraZ_Wv6GVdIHwRsHM3YtOfWlu0qQ">White River Waterkeeper (Ark.)</a>, <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=WVwE00VN70ki_3wOlYudMB1li5pYElCTkO9j8ML-0sM">Food and Water Watch</a>, and <a href=";H=btYXC68syxmDVppbhVzFoYHdeMNV9070xvOlf%2FNdDQ0wXj6aidRhmykk8xxBg2CiXWHbTyykKPB9ufWavqGz5elhRpQg1jbxLmiCzElITK3goD0KrOXejfb48fUm40yD&amp;G=0&amp;;I=20181205171620.000000bc98c4%40mail6-114-ussnn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMDgwN2UxZWY0NDg1MGExZjcwMjBkNzs%3D&amp;S=T0kB1-adSrUrwAphMSTqS9sDkz5a5WS5N6nGDUHZTTc">Animal Legal Defense Fund</a>.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="" type="application/pdf; length=381087" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">FSA NEPA Complaint.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">372.16 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:16:28 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43835 at