Trump Agriculture Department and farming groups tiptoe into climate discussion

The Department of Agriculture is looking to halve the U.S. farming industry’s environmental footprint by mid-century in a target that includes several climate and clean energy goals.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will announce the target, which also includes boosting agricultural production by 40% in that timeframe, at the agency’s annual agricultural outlook forum Thursday. The production and environmental goals are a critical piece of the administration’s new Agriculture Innovation Agenda, which Perdue says will “better align” public and private research into new farming practices.

“We are committed as ever to the economic sustainability and continued success of America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers,” Perdue said in a statement.

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