Climate Control Bill Worries Ag Interests
Washington--AFBF Climate Change Specialist Paul Schlegel explains how climate change legislation will affect farmers and ranchers. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says if the Climate Control Bill passes, farmers can count on an initial 1 percent to 7.2 percent drop in income because of skyrocketing energy costs especially fertilizer — which uses a lot of energy to be produced.
Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., thinks there are too many question that need to be answered before the Senate vote sometime this fall. "We still have a question about how is this going to impact livestock, corn, soybeans and wheat in our state," said Johanns, who was agriculture secretary from 2005-2007 under President George W. Bush. "This makes no sense to me whatsoever. Why would the leadership of the House ... put a bill out when they hadn't had analysis on the ag sector? That not only impacts farmers and ranchers, it impacts consumers."