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Agriculture Committee Advances Two Republican-Led Climate Bills

SUSTAINS & PRECISE Acts offer natural, farmer-focused climate solutions

The House Agriculture Committee concluded a markup today to consider a slate of bills, including H.R. 2606, the Sponsoring USDA Sustainability Targets in Agriculture to Incentivize Natural Solutions, or SUSTAINS Act, and H.R. 2518, the Producing Responsible Energy and Conservation Incentives and Solutions for the Environment, or PRECISE Act. The bills were introduced by Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), Republican Leader of the Committee, and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) respectively. Both bills advanced through Committee by unanimous consent.

The SUSTAINS Act and PRECISE Act were introduced last year as a slate of five pro-innovation agriculture bills addressing climate change through natural solutions.

"Agriculture Republicans are promoting a stronger rural economy by growing climate-friendly innovations that are already being carried out by producers. The SUSTAINS Act, my bill which encourages private-sector partnerships with USDA to engage producers in supporting conservation initiatives, will be a big step forward in reducing our carbon footprint while increasing productivity," said Republican Leader Thompson. "I am pleased the Agriculture Committee advanced this legislation, along with Congresswoman Hinson’s PRECISE Act, in a bipartisan manner. I am hopeful these farmer-centric bills will receive the consideration they deserve on the House floor in due time."

"I'm glad my PRECISE Act was passed out of the House Agriculture Committee with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Congresswoman Hinson. "This legislation will make it easier for Iowa farmers to access precision agriculture technology through USDA programs they already know and trust. My PRECISE Act will empower farmers with the tools they need to increase crop yields while lowering input costs and environmental impacts."

For more information on the markup, click here.


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