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National Climate Assessment Confirms Farmers Fears

07 May 2014

US - The National Climate Assessment only confirms what family farmers and ranchers have been experiencing: global climate change is increasing the occurrence and severity of volatile weather events, which then directly impact agricultural risk, farmers' bottom lines and the entire rural economy.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on the Obama administration's National Climate Assessment: "The administration's report is clear. Congress must take legislative action to mitigate climate change in order to protect farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural communities.

"I also encourage the administration to heed its own advice by rejecting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's misguided proposal to reduce the biofuel production targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

"The RFS is currently our country's most important strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

"The EPA's proposal will not only adversely impact commodity prices and rural employment, but will also move our country further from achieving our climate change mitigation goals."


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