Office of Strategic Environmental Management
Trading Carbon Credits: The Role for Agriculture in Reducing Global Warming
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
As the result of human activities, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is accumulating at unprecedented rates in our atmosphere. This buildup is causing climatic changes that can potentially affect human health, water resources, forest and coastal areas, and species and natural areas. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide can be decreased by taking it out of the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. Agriculture can play a key role in soil carbon by restoring degraded soils and adopting soil conservation practices ranging from conservation tillage to changes in cropping practices. The carbon sequestered by the soil presents the opportunity for farms to capture carbon credits to sell in a carbon market. Any carbon market that evolves will have to consider the agriculture sector. The presentations will focus on federal and local government involvement and farmer participation in a carbon market.
Jane Leggett, Climate Policy Coordination
Office of Atmospheric Programs, US EPA
Greg Livingston, Director of Carbon Credit Program
IGF Insurance Company
Andrew Manale, Senior Program Analyst
Kim Zeuli, Assistant Professor in Agricultural Economics
University of Kentucky