USDA Secretary Dan Cathy said Thursday that the department is “proud to announce” that the Trump administration will begin implementing the Trump Administration’s Climate Action Plan, or the COP21 climate change goals.
The new plan, which was unveiled Thursday, includes a new goal for the U.S. agricultural sector: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next five years, or by 20 percent per year.
The new goal will come into force in 2018, according to a USDA press release.
The goal is expected to be in place by 2022.
The USDA said the new plan “represents a bold and ambitious goal” for the agriculture sector and will ensure the U,S.
continues to lead the world in food security, water security, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation.
The Trump Administration has repeatedly pushed for climate action, including a March 2020 directive to the White House to develop a plan for a global carbon tax and a November 2020 directive by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to the State Department to create a climate policy framework.
The climate change goal also is a major milestone in the Department of Agriculture’s effort to meet the new goals.
USDA announced that its greenhouse gas reduction targets would increase from 25 percent of GDP to 40 percent of gross domestic product by 2025.
On Thursday, the Department’s Agricultural Extension Office released the new 2025 goals and announced that it would continue to increase greenhouse gas reductions to 20 percent of GNP by 2026.
The Department also announced the hiring of a new Agricultural Engineering Specialist for the Agricultural Extension Service to help with agricultural research, extension and management.
Agriculture Extension Office Director James K. Ollman said the USDA’s Agricultural Engineering Program is the first agricultural engineering program in the country to receive such a recognition.
We are grateful for this recognition from USDA, and look forward to continuing to support our agricultural programs in the United States.””
The Agricultural Engineering program has long provided a foundation for the development of agriculture’s most effective solutions to environmental challenges.
We are grateful for this recognition from USDA, and look forward to continuing to support our agricultural programs in the United States.”