The 2020 presidential race is starting to heat up, as more candidates hit the campaign trail.
Throughout the campaign, AgDay TV will bring you coverage of the candidates with a focus on agriculture. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke campaigned in Virginia earlier this month. The one-time Texas senatorial candidate participated in a roundtable discussion.
He talked about fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy and technology.
O'Rourke said, "Not only is that wind and solar, but through the farm bill providing an incentive and allowing for a profit for farmers to plant cover crops to absorb more carbon out of the air, investing in technologies like precision tilling that disturbing less of the carbon that is in the soil."
The 2017 Census of Agriculture has some interesting numbers about cover crops. It shows almost 116,000 farms purchased cover crop seed. Acres planted in cover crops increased from 10.28 million acres in 2012 to 15.39 million acres in 2017.