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Senate OKs bill to boost ag carbon markets

Brushing aside objections from some fossil fuel industry advocates, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill intended to lay the groundwork for ag carbon markets by putting USDA in charge of certifying farm advisers and credit verifiers.

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act was a “landmark” step toward using agriculture and forestry to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change.


The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, failed, 11-89, and then the Senate passed the legislation, 92-8.

The bill now goes to the House, where Ag Committee members Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Don Bacon, R-Neb., have introduced a companion bill.

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