The nation’s landmark climate law is providing billions to help farmers adopt practices to combat climate change and boost rural clean energy development.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and State Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard, D-Madison, said in a virtual news conference Tuesday that the nearly $370 billion Inflation Reduction Act will help farmers advance conservation practices. They pointed to nearly $20 billion provided under the law over five years that will help expand access to assistance under voluntary conservation programs, as well as almost $14 billion for clean energy development in rural areas.

“This helps fund ag policies that do things like have healthy soil, sequester carbon, cut climate pollution, improve our surface and groundwater quality … and build resilience to floods and drought that we can often have,” Pocan said.

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