Agriculture leads carbon and climate change efforts, NEFB says

The president of a state farm bureau organization says agriculture can be the center of carbon and climate change discussions.

Nebraska’s Mark McHargue tells Brownfield the U.S. needs to increase investments in low-carbon biofuels and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is at the top of the list.

“I think we’ve got a great story to tell on how we have reduced our carbon footprint,” he said. “And so we get that combined with the conversations about SAF, I think there’s really a lot of runway for certainly the Midwest to be in the driver’s seat in that conversation.”

He says the long-term opportunity for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could be enormous. “If we do things right, we could set ourselves up for the next 30 years to be highly profitable and sustainable.”

McHargue says carbon pipeline projects are also needed. “And not only just to sequester it, but to have a transportation system where we can put entities that could use that carbon for a beneficial use.”

And, he says more producers need to share their story of climate smart practices on their operations.

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