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Growing Climate Solutions Act moves to full U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate Ag Committee has passed the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act at a hearing Thursday.

Co-sponsor Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants the bill to provide transparency between farmers and carbon credit users and discourage vertical integration. “I think we need to take into consideration what farmers have done already,” he says.

Chair Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, says the legislation addresses those issues. “The reason we’re setting up this process at USDA, with maximum producer input, is to really address those issues and I really share your concerns,” she says.

The bill is supported by a bipartisan group of 42 Senators, more than 70 agricultural and environmental groups, and will now be considered by the full Senate.

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