Amid Climate Change Crisis, Chairman Khanna to Hold Hearing on Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

Jul 15, 2022
Press Release
Farmers and Agricultural Experts Slated to Testify

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2022)—On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET, Rep. Ro Khanna, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine regenerative agriculture, the role it can play in preventing the worst of the climate crisis while protecting food supply, and the urgent need to reform federal policies that unjustly favor corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers.

 

Climate change fundamentally threatens the world’s food supply as extreme weather events, water scarcity, pests, and warming make it harder to grow staple crops and renders farmland unusable.  Regenerative agricultural practices, such as rotating crops, can help reduce and reverse the desertification of farmland, increase nutrients in the soil, and enhance food security.

 

The unfair market power held by corporate agribusiness, however, limits the freedom for small- and medium-sized farmers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices.  While a small number of companies control most of the market for beef, pork, and grain, family farmers earn just 16 cents of every dollar spent on food.

 

The federal government already supports regenerative agriculture and conservation methods, but many of these programs are oversubscribed and under resourced.  Some federal policy, however, supports inherently unsustainable practices, such as concentrated feeding operations, which produce large amounts of waste that cause significant greenhouse gas emissions and can runoff into water resources. 

 

The hearing will examine how Congress can amend federal policies that unjustly protect corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers, and fully fund farm conservation programs.

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on Environment Hearing entitled, “Regenerative Agriculture:  How Farmers and Ranchers are Essential to Solving Climate Change and Increasing Food Production”
 

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET
 

WHO:    

 

Bonnie Haugen

Dairy Farmer
Filmore County, Minnesota

 

Doug Doughty
Grain Farmer and Cattle Producer
Livingston County, Missouri

 

Kara Boyd
President
Association of American Indian Farmers

Dr. Rachel E. Schattman
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
University of Maine


Additional witnesses to be announced

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

MEDIA:

 

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to the Oversight Committee Democrats Press Office at oversightpress@mail.house.gov no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 18, 2022.

 

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117th Congress