I attended both rallies in Salem to show my support for efforts to stop 2020, stopping at every Senator’s office to express my concerns.  Conversations only reinforced my concerns over 2020.

Admission by those pushing this legislation acknowledges that the bill would do little to reduce global CO2 emissions, it was more to make a statement and this is the wrong reason for legislation! Why not look at legislation that promotes and rewards practices that make a difference without affecting the budget of every Oregonian. The Forestry and Agriculture Industries can be two of our biggest allies in reducing carbon output per unit of product  produced and carbon sequestration.            

Enact legislation  that helps rather than hinders the Forest Industries to ably management the forest to reduce fire danger, reducing a major contributor to CO2 levels. Pass legislation  that supports forest management through science based planting and harvesting. A young healthy actively growing forest sequester more CO2 than poorly managed slow growing old forest. Give the industry the tools to manage the forest in a way that allows harvest while enhancing Mother Natures tremendous ability to sequester carbon. The industry is many more times efficient than it was a hundred years ago. Let the industry work towards becoming even more efficient while improving the industries ability to survive and sequester carbon, a win for both sides.   

                                                                                                               The Agriculture Industry has seen tremendous increases in efficiency and continues to gain efficiency.  Half as many dairy cattle produce twice as much milk as operations did years ago. Cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens reach market weight in a third the time they did a 100-150 years ago, requiring less inputs and dramatically reducing the amount carbon per pound of food produced. Best practices in farming, more efficient equipment, Precision Agriculture, means more acres cultivated per man hour. Improved fertilizers and chemicals applied by satellite navigation mean better placement and less used, resulting in more production with fewer  passes over the field. Hybridization, GMOs, better seeds, etc means higher yields, improving Agriculture’s carbon footprint. All of this is part of every Farmer’s effort and desire to maintain profitability and improve production in a more competitive and growing world, while being good stewards of the land entrusted to them. This means less carbon per pound of food produced than ever before. Faster growing crops and pastures sequester more carbon, again a win for both sides.  

We can find a ways to reduce our carbon impact while feeding and housing a growing  world population.

Please let’s do it through positive legislation that encourages best management practices for industries that continue to improve efficiency, remain competitive and helps us to booster the tools Mother Nature has given us to sequester carbon. Given a chance the Forestry and Agriculture Industries will continue improved efficiency, therefore producing less carbon per unit of output and sequester more carbon. Help us to be part of the solution. We can find ways.

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