WASHINGTON DC, APRIL 9, 2009 -- Four experts in soil carbon research, farming, and forestry will address the unique opportunity farmers and foresters have to manage soil carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) and participate in voluntary markets. Agricultural and forest soils in the U.S. have the capacity to sequester 650 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, offsetting up to 11% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The briefing, "Down to Earth Carbon Science: Mitigating Climate Change with America's Farms and Forests", will be held in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 10:30 am in 1334 Longworth House Office Building and again at 3:00 pm in 328-A Senate Russell Office Building.
Featured in the briefing will be:
"The importance of carbon sequestration through proper management of agricultural and forested lands has generally been underappreciated in the carbon credit trading discussion.The science suggests that this is a feasible option and it is time for policy to be shaped by the science," said Dr. Paul Bertsch, Chair of the National Academies U.S. National Committee for Soil Science and Presdient of the Soil Science Society of America.
"Carbon sequestration will be a key part of Congress's efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, and farmers in North Dakota can play a central role in that effort. I'm proud that North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson is leading the charge," said Congressman Pomeroy. "Sequestering carbon dioxide in the soil can provide environmental, as well as economic, benefits for farmers and the nation as a whole."
Rep. Tim Johnson (R-15th Illinois) stated, "Agriculture is a vital cog of the economy not only in my home of East Central Illinois, but across the heartland. Sequestering carbon on the farm presents a great opportunity for producers to achieve both environmental and economic benefits. I support the research that the University of Illinois and other institutions of higher learning are conducting to examine how American Agriculture can play a role in reducing carbon emissions."
|Contact: Sara Uttech|
Soil Science Society of America