Forum on Agriculture and Adaptation: Farm Production, Risk Management, Food Security and Changes in Weather and Climate.
The Bipartisan Policy Center, USDA and Farmers Feeding the World recently hosted a forum on November 18th in Washington, DC. Click here to see
the full agenda.


Setting the Stage

  • Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture

What is it we know? Climate projections and implications of weather variability for agricultural production.

  • Dr. Lewis Ziska and Dr. Charles Walthall, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Dr. Richard Cruse, Professor of Agronomy & Director of Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University
  • Liz Marshall, USDA Economic Research Service

What does it mean? Farming and food security in the face of increasing challenges to production.

  • Jeremy Peters, Government Relations, National Farmers Union

How can we prepare? Part one: The future of risk management.

  • Tom Worth, USDA Risk Management Agency
  • Greg Smirin, Chief Revenue Officer, The Climate Corporation

How can we prepare? Part two: research & development, technological innovations, and adaptation strategies to promote agricultural productivity.

  • Dr. Barb Glenn, Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs, CropLife
  • Laura Barringer, Senior Associate, Global Harvest Initiative

Session with USDA on climate change adaptation priorities. The open discussion, facilitated by Bill Hohenstein and the USDA Climate Change Program Office, will address:

  • How should USDA be characterizing risk?
  • What research priorities should USDA be focus on in order to support climate change adaptation in the farm sector?
  • What information do farmers and ranchers need from USDA to make better decisions and to adapt to the pressures posed by climate change?
  • What mechanisms could be used to engage farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders in this process?

Growing Agriculture’s Potential
Understanding Carbon Offsets, BioEnergy, and Climate Opportunities

The Ag Carbon Market Working Group recently hosted a series of forums in:

North Dakota

Archive of presentations:

Climate Change: Are You Sure You Know What You Think You Know?
Laura Sands, The Clark Group, LLC

Clean Energy and Rural America
Chris Clayton, Ag Policy Editor, DTN

Agriculture’s Principles for Climate Policy
Kristin Duncanson, Ag Carbon Market Working Group

Climate Policy Under Cap and Trade: Economics for the Farm Sector
Juan Sacoto, Senior VP, Informa Economics

Potential Economic Opportunities for Agriculture of Climate and Energy Policy
Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust
For more information, click here.

The Importance of Carbon Offsets
Mariann Quinn, Director, EHS Policy and Strategy, Duke Energy

How to “Commoditize” Soil Carbon: Market & Farm Management Considerations
Benjamin M. Gramig, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

How do We Grow Wind..?
Brent Bible, Stillwater Farms

Caps, Contracts and Commerce: Using Market Strategies to Address Energy & Environmental Issues
Dale Arnold, Director, Energy Development, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

News coverage:

What Does a Good Ag Offset Look Like?
Mikkel Pates
AgWeek, June 29, 2010

Ag Interests Need to be Considered in Carbon Footprint Regulations
Dale Hildebrant
Farm & Ranch Guide, June 16, 2010

Ag Carbon Market Working Group In Columbus
Buckeye Ag Radio Network, July 3, 2010
Interview with Chris Clayton from DTN Progressive Farmer:

Ohio Corn Growers Association’s Dwayne Siekman talks to Andy Vance about this forum:

Interview with Duke Energy’s Mariann Quinn

Andy Vance visits with Mark Wilson, one of the presenters at the event:

Soil Scientist: Ag Carbon is Undervalued
Chris Clayton
DTN Progressive Farmer, July 5, 2010