Lawmakers called for final passage of a bill intended to enlist farmers in the fight against climate change.
According to Spectrum News, the measure is aimed at increasing carbon sequestration in order to meet New York’s climate goals in the coming years while also boosting water quality and resilience to issues like extreme weather at the farm and in surrounding communities.
A voluntary set of standards for soil health to drive on-farm planning and goal setting would be created in the bill. IT would also codify soil health and soil health practices for future policy.
The bill was approved unanimously in the state Assembly last week and needs state Senate approval before heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
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