Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on 16 December 2009 that the United States would join 20 other countries to form an international research collaboration aimed at combating climate change. The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases will conduct research and development aimed at increasing food production and improving the resilience of agricultural systems to climate change while decreasing the carbon intensity of agriculture. Globally, agriculture produces 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. “Just as climate change has no borders, our research should not,” said Vilsack. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will contribute an additional $90 million over the next four years to agricultural climate change mitigation research, bringing the agency’s total investment in climate mitigation and adaptation research to $320 million.
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