Durbin Discusses Climate Solutions at Agriculture Committee Hearing

Durbin also introduces Illinoisan John Reifsteck of GROWMARK as hearing witness

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today participated in a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee hearing titled: “Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change.”  During the hearing, Durbin shared his interest in learning more about how the agriculture community is working to reduce carbon emissions and how that can be integrated with federal policies. Durbin also introduced John Reifsteck, CEO of GROWMARK in Bloomington, Illinois, who testified as a witness during the hearing. Reifsteck was representing the National Council of Farmer-Owned Cooperatives. 

“John Reifsteck has a great story to tell. He’s a grain farmer in Central Illinois and also serves as President and Chairman of the board at GROWMARK in Bloomington, Illinois… For 25 years, John’s farm has served as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research station, where NOAA has measured his farming activities and how they interact with weather, climate, soil, water, nutrients, and carbon emissions.  Can we reduce carbon on the farm? Can we measure it? Just look at what John is doing,” Durbin said.

Video of Durbin’s remarks is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s remarks is available here for TV Stations.