Tuesday, June 10, 2008

House Agricultural Policy Climate Change Briefing

Thursday, June 12th

1300 Longworth

11am - noon

Designing Offsets Policy: Implications for U.S. Agriculture

Dear Colleague:

As you know, legislation on climate change will be coming to Congress soon. One of the most important aspects of this complex issue is creating a robust and real “offsets” market whereby regulated entities can pay farmers and foresters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a number of conservation practices. Getting this mechanism right is extremely important to ensure both a minimal cost to the economy and environmental integrity. Additionally, this issue is of vital importance to America’s agriculture community with the offset and allowance opportunities for agriculture estimated to bring $24 billion annually to the sector.

I would like to invite your staff to a briefing with representatives from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, as well as experts working with the agriculture sector, to discuss offsets infrastructure issues and recommendations from both the offset buyer and seller positions.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Martin in my office at 5-2801.

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008

Time: 11am - 12pm

Place: 1300 Longworth


  • Dr. Lydia Olander, author of Nicholas Institute’s Offsets Architecture working group paper
  • Tim Profeta, director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Sara Hessenflow Harper - The Clark Group - The market potential of agriculture offsets
  • Mark Gaede - National Association of Wheat Growers - The stakes for agriculture in climate legislation

/s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
Member of Congress

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