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US agriculture remains uneasy about climate legislation

- Friday, November 13, 2009

There are many involved in US agriculture who remain quite nervous about the potential impacts of proposed US Climate legislation on the farm sector. This is despite the relatively generous treatment proposed for the sector, which would mean no liabilities for direct farm emissions, and a broad suite of offset opportunities that could generate extra farm revenue.

In an online post at, Keith Goode canvasses the range of different opinions about the potential impact of the proposed legislation. Interestingly, he suggests that recent research by the USDA may mean that estimates of soil carbon sequestration rates need to be reduced.

If US farmers are nervous about the potential negative impacts of their proposed legislation, they should perhaps contrast the US proposals with the proposed treatment of agriculture under Australian and New Zealand legislation!  
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