The House Must Step Back from the Brink on Farm Bill

The House Must Step Back from the Brink on Farm Bill

As Congress works to finalize a Farm Bill, the NRDC Action Fund has launched a $200,000 digital advertising campaign to reinforce champions dedicated to protecting funding for climate-smart agriculture. Our nation is at the precipice of defining a transformative path for agriculture – one rooted in hope and the promise of a brighter future for rural communities. Yet House Republicans seek to take us backward by attacking funding for climate-smart agriculture practices.  

The Inflation Reduction Act provides critical resources for a once-in-a-generation investment into climate-smart agriculture. As House Republicans work to cut these funds in the Farm Bill, the NRDC Action Fund is stepping up its efforts to highlight the commitment of leaders who are standing strong to preserve the Inflation Reduction Act funding for its intended purpose: supporting climate-smart practices.  

The ads will run in Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Leaders in these states have been standing strong to protect our climate future and we are already seeing the investments these funds make in their communities. These champions recognize that investments in agricultural practices like agroforestry and protecting wetlands boost the resiliency of our croplands and slash the dangerous carbon emissions driving the climate crisis. The ads are running in the districts of the following members: 

  • Rep. Eric Sorensen (IL-17) 
  • Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-7) 
  • Rep. Gabe Vasquez (NM-2) 
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)  
  • Rep. Yadira Caraveo (CO-08) 

Farm Bills should be bipartisan, and we’ve seen consistently that when partisan proposals are put forward, they crash and burn. Farm Bills only become law when there is agreement across the aisle. We know there is a better way than stripping hard-earned investments in climate-smart agriculture. The NRDC Action Fund stands with our allies in Congress and urges the House Agriculture Committee to step back from the brink and allow a bipartisan framework to take shape, one that doesn’t cross red lines for the climate. 

Rebecca Riley is a senior advisor to the NRDC Action Fund.