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Former Agriculture Head Urges Farmers to Cut Climate Gases (1)

May 21, 2019, 3:37 PMUpdated: May 21, 2019, 6:13 PM

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called on agricultural operations to completely neutralize heat-trapping gases from farming and ranching.

“I think the time has come for the dairy industry specifically, and agriculture generally, to look at creative ways to get to a net-zero emission operation,” said Vilsack, who served as Agriculture secretary for eight years during the Obama administration. “That’s a tall order.”

Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee May 21 that the Agriculture Department should launch a pilot program that would study small farms where growers are using conservation practices and measure and verify the climate ...