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Vilsack defends climate policies amid farming tradition concerns


In a spirited session with House Agriculture Committee members, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended the USDA's shift towards climate change mitigation efforts amidst criticism.  

Republican committee members voiced concerns that this shift might neglect traditional agricultural practices, favoring instead "climate-smart" conservation funded by the Inflation Reduction Act.  

Vilsack reassured that the programs are both voluntary and designed with farmers' interests at heart, distinguishing U.S. policies from more stringent European models. The debate reflects wider tensions over agricultural policy direction, especially considering negotiations over the new farm bill.  

Vilsack argued that climate initiatives support the broader agricultural community by offering incentives for sustainable practices, amidst bipartisan calls for a balanced approach to farm and nutrition policy funding.  

The ongoing dialogue highlights the complex interplay between climate action and agricultural tradition as lawmakers seek to forge a path forward.

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