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American Agri-Women concerned about a climate change bill

The House has recently passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454), and Senate action is expected this fall. As a member of the Agriculture Energy Alliance, a coalition of farm organizations; and agri-businesses,; American Agri-Women stands with AEA in insisting that any climate; change legislation must directly address increased input costs and the; potential to force fertilizer production and petroleum refining overseas,; where; competitors; are; not; regulated.

Our business is to grow abundant food and fiber for America and people around the world.; The experts say that food production will need to double in the next 20 years to meet rising global demand. We want to be able to meet these expectations, but without realistic climate change policies these expectations cannot be met.

AAW president Marcie Williams stated that "because of the importance of this issue to America's farmers, we all need to speak to our Senators now, so they understand how much we are affected by their decisions on climate change legislation this fall."

The agricultural sector is highly energy intensive and relies on natural gas, refined petroleum products and other energy inputs for food processing, irrigation, crop drying, heating farm buildings and homes, crop protection chemicals, and nitrogen fertilizer production.

But; climate policy is not just about energy cost increases. It is also about availability. To be viable, climate change legislation must not and cannot place the unbearable burden of increased prices for petroleum products, fertilizer, electricity and other agricultural inputs on the backs of American farmers. Particularly in this difficult economic period, we must ensure that our environmental goals are met in a way that does not endanger jobs or the food security provided by our agricultural sector.

We in agriculture must communicate with our Senators to let them know that a climate change bill is bad for almost all of us in agriculture when it causes increases in fuel, fertilizer and energy costs.

For information please contact AAW president Marcie Williams at president@americanagriwomen.org, or visit the American Agri-Women website at www.americanagriwomen.org.

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