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Forum staff reports, Published December 11 2009

Agriculture, carbon rules workshop set for Thursday

A free webinar, “Agriculture and Carbon Regulation: Do We Win or Lose?” is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

The webinar is sponsored by North Dakota State University and North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy.

During the webinar, experts will present the latest information on federal climate change legislation and discuss the potential impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on greenhouse gases.

“The event will follow an international climate change conference starting in Copenhagen,” says Cole Gustafson, NDSU biofuels economist and one of the presenters during the webinar. “In particular, the webinar will describe the implications of any policy changes for agricultural and energy industries in North Dakota. It is expected that new international policies will offer new opportunities, as well as increasing the regulation of the coal industry and animal agriculture.”

Other presenters:

- Bart Ruth, 25 by 25 board member.

- Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, University of Tennessee Agricultural Policy Analysis Center associate director.

- Burton English, University of Tennessee Department of Agricultural Economics professor and research coordinator.

- Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president.

To join the webinar, go to www.ndivnlc.horizonwimba.com. Click on “participant login.” The room identification is “NDSU_carbon.” Under the name, enter your name and location.

Those wishing to join the webinar are asked to preregistration with Jocie Iszler, NDARE board member, at jiszler@cableone.net.