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KAWG supports national organization's climate change policy


The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers supports a new resolution approved by the National Association of Wheat Growers during a conference call Sept. 4. The resolution is similar to KAWG's own policy, adopted by membership at its annual meeting July 30 in Wichita.

"We feel as if KAWG's hard work in Wichita paid off, as the NAWG policy aligns very closely with what we developed," says Paul Penner, KAWG president from Hillsboro.

¬ KAWG Vice President David Schemm, Sharon Springs, says the issue of climate change has been difficult for all member states of NAWG to agree upon, but that the approved policy is a good compromise.

"The long-term viability of the Kansas wheat industry and representing Kansas wheat farmers is KAWG's top priority. KAWG wants to be actively engaged in discussions on potential greenhouse gas legislation, and the impact it could have on production agriculture," Schemm says.

In a statement released by NAWG of Sept. 4, Karl Scronce, NAWG president and a wheat producer from Klamath Falls, Ore., said, "The NAWG Board of Directors met this morning via conference call and voted 26 to two to approve a new resolution regarding greenhouse gas regulation. The Board also voted 24 to zero to remove existing resolutions relating to greenhouse gas regulation and an agriculture cap-and-trade program."

The new resolution reads: "NAWG is opposed to greenhouse gas legislation or regulation that has a negative impact on production agriculture. NAWG will strive for a net economic benefit to farmers, agriculture and food production. We believe neither greenhouse gas regulation nor legislation should take effect until the major carbon emitting countries of the world have agreed to regulate their own greenhouse gases in a like manner to ours. NAWG urges USDA to do a detailed economic analysis of any legislation or regulation before it becomes law. Furthermore, NAWG will oppose EPA regulation and will work to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.'

KAWG's Penner says any climate change policy enacted by the Obama administration must not have a negative economic impact on Kansas wheat producers. Moreover, legislation should be based on sound science by credible sources of information and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Penner adds.

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