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Climate Change Panel Being Held at Farm Science Review

August 10, 2009

LONDON, Ohio – The impacts of cap and trade legislation and climate change on the Ohio agriculture industry will be the focus of an expert panel discussion during Farm Science Review.

"Climate Change – Economics and Policy," will be held on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Tobin Building located on Beef Street across from the Vice President's Tent on the exhibit grounds. Farm Science Review will be held from Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

Ohio State University agricultural economists Brent Sohngen and Tim Haab, both with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, will join Purdue University economist Ben Gramig on a discussion of the policies and economics of the current cap and trade legislation. Ohio State trade economist Ian Sheldon will moderate the discussion, sponsored by Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.

"Such topics as what is cap and trade, breaking down the legislation as it was passed by the House, what we could expect from the Senate, and the impacts of the legislation will likely be discussed," said Sohngen. "How farmers can participate in the program with regards to selling carbon credits will also be covered."

In addition to cap and trade legislation, the impacts of climate change on agriculture will also be debated.

"What we know at this point about climate change and its potential economic implications will be discussed," said Sohngen.

In addition to the debate, AED Economics will host the Question the Authorities program, which focuses on current economic, business and policy issues throughout the Review. Agricultural economists and other business professionals will discuss such topics as grain markets, biofuels, wind energy, animal welfare, land values, the Farm Bill, greenhouse floriculture opportunities, aquaculture opportunities, hydroponic market opportunities, local foods, farmland prices, branding Ohio foods, and budgeting for farm enterprises, on-farm energy audits, and the new APV laws.

Question the Authorities will take place on all three days of Farm Science Review. The educational sessions will be located on Friday Avenue, across from the Bailey Building. Log on to for a complete schedule of events.

In conjunction with Question the Authorities programming, energy-related informational displays and demonstrations from Ohio State University, Purdue University and organizations and agencies will be featured on Friday Avenue across from the Firebaugh Building. Topics on economics of energy markets, conservation and bioenergy technology will be highlighted.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Tickets are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance when purchased from county offices of OSU Extension or participating agribusinesses. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

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Candace Pollock
Stan Ernst