Indiana Farm Bureau has joined at least eight other state Farm Bureaus in becoming members of the new Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) of which American Farm Bureau is a charter member.
FACA consists of organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates all working together to define and promote shared climate policy priorities.
According to INFB President Randy Kron, being a member of the organization is a way for Farm Bureau to protect its members against undue regulation.
“By becoming a part of FACA, INFB can ensure its members that we will be at the table when climate change discussions take place to advocate that programs are voluntary, not regulatory.” Kron added that one of FACA’s priorities is to provide incentive-based tools for farmers to maximize the sequestration of carbon and the reduction of other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increase the resiliency of the land.
“Indiana is unique from a soil and climate perspective,” said Kron. “We have three distinct climate zones – north, central and south. From a climate standpoint, what works in one part of the state may not work in the other two, let alone in nearby Illinois or Ohio, which is why it’s important that Indiana Farm Bureau is a part of all discussions and solutions.”
Bob White, INFB’s national government relations director, will serve as INFB’s representative on FACA. White knows that Farm Bureau members will have many opinions on climate issues, and he will be happy to share those.
“I know our members will want to make sure that government policies provide appropriate incentives to those farmers who take an active role in developing climate change solutions.”
To read FACA’s full policy recommendations, visit www.agclimatealliance.com.
“Farmers have always been great stewards of the land and as such are particularly qualified to help drive solutions. FACA is one way we can do that,” concluded Kron.