This week, after months of on-and-off negotiations, Senate leaders passed a proposed deal on legislation aimed at advancing key measures to combat climate change. If passed by the house, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 would, among other things, provide approximately $369.75 billion for energy security and climate change programs over the next 10 years.
In relation to Lake Pepin and the whole of the river, this legislation could pave the way for a climate-focused 2023 Farm Bill. The package includes much-needed investments to help farmers and ranchers adopt conservation practices to build climate resilience, reduce emissions, and play a central role in our national response to the climate crisis.
Specifically, LPLA applauds the $3.25 billion for the Conservation Stewardship Program and $8.45 billion allocated for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Each of these funding increases for working lands conservation programs includes specific language prioritizing practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience for farmers.
Consequently these practices allow farmers to “risk” adopting crops and land management innovations that keep soils and agri-toxins out of our rivers and wildlife.