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Federal Agency Takes Charge of Voluntary Carbon Credit Markets

Washington, July 7, 2020
A bipartisan bill seeks to address climate change by placing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a leadership role over voluntary carbon credit markets. While proponents tout the benefits of voluntary conservation practices, critics say the approach will result in limited climate action rather than meaningful change.

The Growing Climate Solutions Act would “break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices,” according to the Senate co-sponsors.