An aerial view of mostly harvested farmland at sunset on Oct. 30, 2020 in Lacona, Iowa. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images The American Farm Bureau Federation, the country’s largest and most powerful agricultural lobbying group, has long pushed against climate legislation and worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to defeat it. But on Tuesday, the Farm Bureau announced it had joined an unlikely alliance of food, forest, farming and environment groups that intends to work with Congress and the incoming Biden administration to reduce the food system’s role in climate change and reward farmers when they lower their greenhouse gas emissions. "To be honest, we didn’t know whether we would ultimately reach an agreement," said Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall in a call with reporters. "We’re proud to have broken through historical barriers to achieve an unique alliance." Members of the new group, called the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance , include the Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the National Council of Farm Cooperatives and the National Farmers Union, among others. The organizations have been meeting for the better part of the last year and formally unveiled their partnership Tuesday. "We’re not going to agree with them on […]


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