WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday regarding the agency’s Draft National Water 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change. The agricultural organization emphasized the need for agriculture to adapt to changing environmental conditions, particularly as it relates to water.
“Climate change adaption is critical for the continued productivity of the agriculture sector, specifically as it relates to water quality and quantity,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Given the proper incentives, family farmers and ranchers will be valuable partners in addressing the challenges that result from a changing climate. Family farmers and ranchers have historically been our best soil and water conservationists when given the economic incentives and flexibility to do so.”
NFU agreed with the assessment of the Draft 2012 Strategy that agriculture, ranching, and natural lands will likely face further pressure from a limited water supply as temperatures rise. In the comments, NFU encouraged EPA to seek market-based solutions to further enhance climate adaptation strategies. NFU also encouraged EPA to coordinate efforts with federal partners to address issues like risk management, nonpoint source pollution and water management.
“The Draft 2012 Strategy identifies many stresses to agriculture from climate change,” said Johnson. “We encourage EPA to continue establishing partnerships to coordinate efforts and maximize resources in addressing climate adaptation.”