Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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What types of challenges and opportunities does Niman Ranch’s commitment to sustainability present?  

With the increased awareness about where our food comes from, we have found difficulty in meeting the growing demand for our products. Our commitment to our network of traditional, humane and sustainable family farmers is reflected by our competitive pricing structure.  We reward our family farmers and ranchers by paying a premium price for livestock raised according to our 14 pages of animal welfare and sustainable farming protocols.  An included safety net for our farmers is an established floor price (the... read more

This report by the Forest Policy Forum, entitled "Sustaining a Forest Carbon Future," recognizes that the carbon-related benefits of managed forests and the array of products those forests produce – from lumber to paper to packaging to energy – are all essential products that are renewable, reusable and/or recyclable and support forest-based carbon benefits.

About The Forest Products Forum:

The Forest Products Forum came together as a voluntary group in January of 2013 to identify issues of consequence to the broad forest sector, and develop plans for how they might be addressed. Participants in the Forum... read more

Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical strategies to adapt to and mitigate the current and anticipated effects of climate change. Our upcoming webinar will do just that.

Gijs Kuneman from the Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM) in the Netherlands speaks about current... read more

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Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules and guidelines for carbon trading. Agriculture has the capacity to sequester—or emit—large amounts of carbon, and will therefore be greatly impacted... read more

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