Democratic Senators passed legislation Sunday that includes $20 billion for voluntary conservation practices. Vice President Kamala Harris ended up casting the tie-breaking vote for the bill. The move follows suit with President Biden’s proposal of a 50% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The Senate bill includes $8.45 billion for the cost-sharing EQIP program, $6.75 billion for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, $1.4 billion for the Agricultural Easement Program and $1 billion for technical assistance. Agriculture groups hold mixed reactions to the legislation, with the National Milk Producers Federation and National Farmers Union vocalizing support for the additional funding.
Read more on the climate-focused legislation passed this weekend here.
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