FarmPolicy

November 20, 2014

Climate Issues; and Chairman Peterson

Categories: Climate Change

Climate Issues- Agriculture

Reuters writer Charles Abbott reported yesterday that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack downplayed his own department’s analysis of U.S. climate legislation on Tuesday, saying ‘more current’ studies do not foresee carbon-capturing trees taking over millions of acres of farmland.

Up to 59 million acres of pasture and cropland could be converted to woodland by 2050 under a cap-and-trade system, according to the Agriculture Department analysis. Trees, to control greenhouse gases, would be more lucrative than crops.

If farmland shifts to trees, there would be smaller output of crops and livestock. Critics such as Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns say climate legislation means higher energy and feed prices ‘will likely drive many producers out of business.’”

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