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GACSA Strategic Plan Underscores Importance of Climate Smart Agriculture

The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco brought much attention to the efforts underway by the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) to promote changes in agricultural practices that can increase the amount of carbon in the soil, improving its fertility and resilience to drought and flood, while raising food production and farm income. Appropriately enough for a weeklong forum that brought together stakeholders and leaders from around the world, the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) strongly delivered its own message, calling for accelerated, coordinated efforts – both within and across regions – to scale up climate smart agriculture (CSA) initiatives. With its origins dating back to 2013, GACSA is an independent, voluntary body comprised of representatives from around the world determined to improve food security, nutrition and resilience in the face of climate change. The global alliance aims to catalyze and help create transformational partnerships to encourage actions that reflect an integrated approach to the three pillars of CSA. Highlighting the GACSA efforts in San Francisco last week was the announcement of the group's Strategic Plan 2018-2022, a multi-pronged approach aimed at accelerating progress in scaling up CSA practices in both developing and developed nations. Read more…

BlogClimate Smart Agriculture

Soil Health Challenge, CSA100 Mark Renewed Approaches to Sustainable Production

Discussions at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week underscored growing global recognition that carbon sequestration in natural and working lands is necessary to meet of goals of the Paris Agreement. It has become well known that changes in agricultural practices can increase the amount of carbon in the soil, improving its fertility and resilience to drought and flood, while raising food production and farm income. As part of that focus on agricultural practices, the Global Soil Health Challenge – an initiative developed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) together with SfL, the UN Foundation and partners collaborating under the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) – was announced at the summit. Agricultural soils could annually take up hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide more than they do today, reducing the level and impact of atmospheric carbon and buying additional time to make the transition to low-carbon solutions throughout the global economy. Meanwhile, another prominent campaign announced at the summit that can broaden the acceptance and implementation of climate smart agriculture is the CSA100. The new major commitment platform brings together 100 of the major companies involved in food and land-based systems, each pledging to meet the challenge of producing food, feed and fiber for 10 billion people by 2050, create climate resilient food and land value chains; and set the GHG targets needed to maintain the world on a 1.5- to 2-degrees pathway. Read more…

BlogConservationEcosystem Services

Conferees Must Restore Policy Certainty in New Farm Bill

News from USDA that net farm income is expected to drop this year some 13 percent below that recorded last year and 53 percent under the 2013 level are only the latest reminders that Congress has to put together a farm bill that can help restore a U.S. agriculture sector that has suffered immensely over the past five years. Senate and House conference committee members have begun meeting this week to hammer out what has traditionally been the U.S. government's five-year farm policy. There are some wide variances between the two versions of farm legislation brought to the conference table. But given the huge challenges today's farmers, ranchers and forestland owners are facing, including the disturbing trend of fast dropping income, it is critical that lawmakers come up with a bill that will ensure that the needs of those who work our lands are met. Read more…

BlogSustainable Development

USFS Offers New Landscape-Based Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

USDA's Forest Service (USFS) has launched a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. It is a landscape-management approach with the kind of wide breadth advocated by Solutions from the Land and is a welcome addition to the government's arsenal to be used in the battle against a changing climate and its consequences. The severity of wildfires, the damage they inflict and the costs to contain them have risen steadily over the past two decades and according to a review of data by U.S. News and World Report, 2018's wildfire outlook continues the trend. Exemplifying the drift this year to more severe conflagrations are the unprecedented, massive wildfires ongoing in California that have wiped out millions of acres and taken lives. A new report – Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based investment Strategy – outlines the Forest Service's plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in areas with the highest payoffs. Read more…

BlogClean Energy

As Public Comment on RFS Rule Comes to Close, Make Sure You are Heard

"Only days remain until the public comment period on EPA's proposal for next year's renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program comes to an end. But Solutions from the Land felt it necessary to issue this eleventh-hour call to stakeholders to make sure they tell regulators to get the program right. Too much is at stake not to.

Under consideration are the biofuel blending requirements that will be set for the nation's transportation fuel in 2019 (and for biomass-based diesel in 2020), markers that have profound significance given the uncertainty that has undermined the effectiveness of the RFS for more than a year.

Disclosures that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had been retroactively granting an unprecedented number of ""hardship"" waivers to refineries – releasing them from their requirements under the 2016 and 2017 RFS – appears to have cost the biofuel sector more than 2 billion gallons in blended ethanol. Pruitt is now out at EPA under a cloud of ethics violations. Renewable fuel and farm groups have sued the agency over the waivers and EPA's failure to reallocate the lost amount of ethanol. Adding to the uncertainty is the absence of any action to lift the U.S. ban on the summertime sale of E15. Read more…"

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