Kansas State University is hosting a forum in December for agricultural producers, policymakers, regulators, and others interested in the rapidly changing field of climate change policy, carbon-credit trading and biofuels.

The forum, titled "Agriculture´s Role in the New Carbon Economy" will take place Dec. 17-18 at Kansas State´s Alumni Center in Manhattan.

According to forum organizer Chuck Rice, Kansas State agronomist and national director of the Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases, topics at the forum will include:

  • Cap-and-Trade: Is federal legislation coming?
  • Resource assessment needs, sustainability issues, and life-cycle
    standards associated with biofuels development
  • Modeling the impact of cellulosic ethanol production on soil
  • Economics of the existing ethanol industry adopting cellulosic
  • Environmental impact of climate change on Kansas;
  • Chicago Climate Exchange and carbon trading programs for agriculture
  • California´s Global Warming Solutions Act: How does it impact agriculture?

"State and federal policymakers are becoming more interested in taking action on climate change, and
agriculture needs to make sure it's involved in the discussion. There are many ways agriculture can be part of the solution, such as soil carbon sequestration and biofuels production," says Rice.

The CASMGS Forum begins at 1 p.m. on Dec.17 and ends Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. The registration fee is $125, if made by Dec. 10, and $175 after that time. The banquet on Monday evening and lunch on Tuesday afternoon are included in the registration fee.

More details and registration information is available on the Kansas State Web site.

Source: Kansas State University