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Welcome to the fourth issue of IATP's Climate & Agriculture Policy Monitor. In this issue we report on new policies in Minnesota and New York with implications for farmers and the climate, how trade rules are intersecting with climate change, and what international institutions are recommending to governments on climate and agriculture. This is a free newsletter; please share with others who may be interested and we welcome your thoughts and ideas - Ben Lilliston

State Policy

Rural Energy Dialogues: Rural America's role in the energy revolution
As states, utilities, and towns across the country transition their energy systems towards renewables, we must avoid past patterns of resource and wealth extraction from rural communities. Read more.

Minnesota's fertilizer law: cleaner water, fewer emissions
Minnesota's new fertilizer law shows the synergy between policies that support clean water and bring climate benefits. Read more.

Landmark New York climate policy sets high bar
New York's new climate policy sets ambitious mandates to reach net zero climate emissions by 2050. But the policy’s novel approach to land-based offsets and its path to ensure a just transition set a new bar that has implications for farmers and rural communities. Read more.

National Policy 

We need to tame Wall Street and Big Ag to empower carbon farmers
If we want farmers to adapt successfully to climate change and help solve the crisis, we must understand the economic powers that block family farms from making a fair living and investing in climate-friendly farming methods. Read more.

Climate change, CAFTA and forced migration
The Trump administration’s vicious crackdown on people migrating from Mexico and Central America ignores the intersection of two powerful forces driving migration: Climate change and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Read more.

Did Obama's trade legacy just hammer the Green New Deal?
A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled that renewable energy policies that support local green jobs in eight U.S. states violate international trade rules. The case is a direct legacy of the Obama administration’s aggressive free trade agenda. Read more.

International Policy

New UN report on agroecology for climate, food security and human rights
A new report from the United Nations Committee on World Food Security makes recommendations for how countries can support agroecology as a strategy to respond to climate change and food insecurity. Read more.

Agroecology and the Paris Climate Agreement
Governments at the UN Climate negotiations developing a work program on agriculture should take note of progress being made on agroecology in key U.N. bodies and at national and sub-national levels. Read more.

New Zealand Zero Carbon Act targets big dairy farming
New Zealand's proposed Zero Carbon Act would be one of the first globally to set greenhouse gas emission reductions targets for agriculture, including dairy production. Read more.
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