While not Iowa specifically, Nebraska is in the neighborhood. What applies to them probably has application to Iowa.
“The Farmers Union has been a leader in the climate issue,” John Hansen told Hill.TV. “We want there to be an appropriate response at the state level, at the federal level.”
“We need to look at agriculture as an opportunity to help take a bunch of excess carbon that’s in the air and sequester it through the plant and into the roots, into the soil,” Hansen added.
He emphasized the need for more tools and better research, saying elected officials can’t afford to waste any time in addressing the issue.
“We’re at a point where the longer we wait, the more costly the fix is going to be and the more radical the changes will need to be,” he told Hill.TV.
The question over how to best address climate change and carbon emissions has become a decisive issue among Democratic primary candidates.
(There is a video at the link that I was unable to link to)
Considering that farmers should be among the first and the most critically affected by climate change it is encouraging to see some leadership calling for action.
It is also worth noting that the scientific progress that Mr. Hansen is calling for will most likely be severely hampered by the the Department of Agriculture’s decision to move many of its scientists to Kansas City. A good portion of those scientists have refused the move thus causing a major loss of scientists at this critical time. Almost seems like that was planned to hamper research into climate change effects on agriculture.
Two vital research agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hemorrhaging staff as less than two-thirds of the researchers asked to relocate from Washington to the Kansas City area have agreed to do so.
But groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists call it a “blatant attack on science” that will “especially hurt farmers, ranchers and eaters at a particularly vulnerable time.”
The American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said the relocation “has resulted in catastrophic attrition at USDA’s top research agencies.”
“Evidence suggests that the relocation of these agencies is an attempt to hollow out and dismantle USDA science that helps farmers and protects our food supply,” the union added.
It almost begins to look as if this administration is at war with its most loyal voting bloc, the farmers.