Yesterday we heard from Senators Roberts and Stabenow, and their comments concerning what agriculture can do to help in the face of climate change. We also heard the message that Congress needs to do no harm to farmers when addressing the situation. Now, we will hear testimony from the farmers.
Audio: Debbie Lyons-Blythe full testimony to Senate Ag Committee
Two Ag producers testified at the Senate Ag Committee’s hearing on climate change. Debbie Lyons-Blythe is a Kansas cattle rancher. She started by quoting studies from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which showed livestock emissions were not significant contributors to global warming.
Lyons-Blythe went on to discuss one of the many technologies her family ranch uses to select the best animals to reduce their impact on the environment.
She also stated that because of the improvements in technology, cattle producers are producing the same amount of beef with 33% fewer animals.
Lyons-Blythe talked about the benefits of native grasses to the environment, and how cattle ranchers help maintain the health of these grasses for generations to come.
Tomorrow we will hear from the Nebraska farmer who addressed the Committee.