The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture adopted new policies on climate resiliency at the group’s recent annual meeting in New Mexico, citing the need to safeguard the food and ag supply chain.
The policy framework calls for more climate research and incentive programs that help the industry adapt to increasingly severe weather.
“We must accelerate our work on supporting environmental stewardship within the agricultural and food industry,” said Barb Glenn, the group’s CEO.
The announcement comes days after the Agriculture Department rolled out more than $3 billion in aid for farmers affected by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters since 2018. As the price tag of such aid keeps rising, lawmakers are also looking to boost mandatory funding for ag research programs that could help brace farmers and ranchers for future disasters.