Trump’s Rash Departure from Paris Agreement Leaves Farmers Worse Off

We are fortunate to be the most agriculturally productive country in the world. American farmers and ranchers grow and raise the best crops and animals on the planet, and our food system efficiently delivers these items at a low cost to billions of consumers across the country and the world. So when President Trump announced yesterday that he plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement — and thereby repudiate the sound science linking greenhouse gas emissions to climate change — he imperiled the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers and all those that rely on them.

For family farmers and ranchers, climate change is an economic issue. It has been affecting our ability to make a living from the land for years. The facts show the damaging effects of rising temperatures, extreme precipitation, severe drought and flooding, and other climate challenges on agriculture and food production worldwide…

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