December 13, 2018 | 8:30 - 11am ET

Agricultural Landscapes & Climate Change in the US: Recent Policy and Program Developments

FAO Liaison Office for North America - Washington, DC

So much is changing, and needs to change, to make U.S. agriculture climate smart. Join this discussion to hear, and share, the latest developments.

With the release of the 2018 IPCC report, and the recent Global Climate Action Summit in California, more people and organizations are getting serious about an all-hands-on-deck approach to climate action. This has accelerated the development of new initiatives, policies, programs, and notable projects in climate smart agriculture in the United States and the world. These new developments can be tough to keep track of, which is where this month’s FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Landscape Roundtable comes in. Join us for a discussion of the latest in U.S. domestic-focused activity to scale climate smart agriculture (an upcoming roundtable will focus on developments abroad).

This roundtable will explore recent insights and innovations in climate smart agriculture and how these practices, programs, technologies and policies can help advance objectives including and beyond carbon sequestration. Invited speakers will provide a tour of key recent developments, focusing on several key questions:

  • What cause for optimism in implementing climate smart agriculture in the U.S. (this year, or more recently)? What disappointments?
  • What new policies (national, state, local) are helping advance CSA? How can we replicate or scale them?
  • What initiatives or programs in the civic or private sectors have you most excited about the potential for Climate Smart Agriculture in the U.S.?
  • Can we build cross-sector coalitions to achieve our goals related to CSA?
  • Marci Baranski – Office of Environmental & Energy Policy, USDA
  • Ernie Shea – President, Solutions from the Land; Founder and Principal, Natural Resource Solutions, LLC
  • Rima Al-Azar – Global Climate Governance Coordinator, FAO

The Roundtable is part of an on-going series of discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture, and landscapes. The series has been jointly organized by EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations since 2009.

Notice: The Landscapes Roundtable series uses Chatham House Rules to allow for open discussion from all participants, including senior government and business leaders. Media, please note that direct quotation of participants, including panelists, during the event is not possible without explicit permission from the speaker. For this reason also, we do not livestream, broadcast or record these events. Unattributed discussion summary notes are circulated to those who RSVP.

Event Details


8:30-9 AM

Light breakfast and networking


Welcome, introductions, and invited interventions




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