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Farming in a carbon economy

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A May 11-workshop, offered in-person and virtually, is to provide insight into the carbon economy and how producers can possibly benefit.
"Carbon Farming in Texas," workshop scheduled for May 11.

A workshop, "Carbon Farming in Texas," will be presented May 11 in Robstown by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The objective of the free event is to provide growers with insight into what is bringing about interest in carbon farming and identify current opportunities in carbon markets, as well as discuss practices that should be feasible in the Coastal Bend area.

"The idea of farming for carbon is not completely new, but recently this has become a quickly rising issue that could impact future farming practices for many,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Nueces County. “There are still a lot of unknowns about this topic, and this workshop is an opportunity to learn more.” 

Topics and presenters    

  • Key Indicators Directing Farm Policy Change, Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, Bryan-College Station. 
  • Overview of Carbon Cycling and Budgeting, Katie Lewis,  Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil fertility scientist, Lubbock.  
  • Lessons from Long-term Tillage and Cover Crop Studies in the Coastal Bend, Jamie Foster, AgriLife Research forage agronomist, Corpus Christi. 
  • Modifying Equipment for Success and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Bryan-College Station.
  • Dealing with Limited Water and Abundant Weeds, Josh McGinty, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Corpus Christi. 
  • Fuel Price Squeeze and Production Cost Opportunities, Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist, Bryan-College Station.  
  • Positive Landowner Relationships and Farming with Conservation Practices, Jim Massey IV, Nueces County farmer, and Jon Whatley, San Patricio County farmer.
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service Program Implementation, Ray Hinojosa, Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomist, Corpus Christi.
  • Current Carbon Economy Opportunities for Agriculture, Shelby Swain Myers, American Farm Bureau Federation economist, Washington, D.C. 

The program is open to the public with both in-person and virtual attendance options. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the workshop concluding at 2 p.m. Participants may attend in person in Suite 1 of the Johnny Calderon Building, 710 E. Main St., or virtually via Zoom. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for in-person attendees, compliments of Texas Corn Producers and Texas Farm Credit.   

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Attendees should RSVP at https://bit.ly/CarbonFarming by May 10. A link to Zoom will be provided to those who RSVP for virtual attendance.

For more information, contact Lisa Martinez at the AgriLife Extension office in Robstown at 361-767-5223.                        

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