Texas: Ag Forum to Highlight Carbon Credits, Climate Initiatives, Lubbock, Feb. 25-26

    Cotton planting. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Registration is open for the 2022 Texas Ag Forum presented by the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.

    The event will be held Feb. 25-26 at the FiberMax Center for Discovery, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock. Advanced registration is $125 prior to Feb. 21. The fee covers attendance and the Feb. 26 breakfast and lunch. Same-day registration is $175.

    To register, call the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, AFPC, at Texas A&M University at 979-845-5913. Once registered, payment can be made by mail or in-person at the event.

    Payment can be mailed in care of Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, 351 AGLS Building, 2124 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-2124. Make checks payable to the “TEEFI” and put “3700” in the memo line. To pay for registration with a credit card, go here and click on “Products” then “Texas Ag Forum.”

    “For some 35 years, the Texas Ag Forum has provided policy and market outlook for Texas agricultural producers and commodity leaders through informative analysis,” said Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist and AFPC co-director, Bryan-College Station.

    Feb. 25 program agenda

    The Feb. 25 program will be from 1-5 p.m., beginning with a welcome and introduction from Charles Ring, San Patricio County farmer and Texas Ag Forum chair. Other presenters and presentations will include:

    • Jordan Shockley, Ph.D., associate Extension professor and farm management specialist, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington — Current Situation with Carbon Markets.
    • Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., associate professor and AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo — Assessing Texas Producers’ Ability to Earn Carbon Credits.
    • John Newton, chief economist, Senate Agriculture Committee Minority, Washington, D.C. — What Should Farm Groups Be Doing to Prepare for Climate Initiatives/Next Farm Bill.

    An invitation to speak has also been extended to Robert Bonnie, undersecretary of agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation, Washington, D.C. – Vision for FPAC and Climate Policy.

    Feb. 26 program agenda

    The Feb. 26 program will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Presenters and presentations will include:

    • Tiffany Lashmet, J.D., AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo – Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Contracts.
    • Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., assistant professor and AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo – What Do the Economics of Climate Smart Practices Look Like So Far?
    • Outlaw, Reflections on Previous Farm Bills with a Look to the Future.
    • Bart Fischer, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor, co-director, AFPC, Bryan-College Station — An Early Assessment of the Potential Baseline for the Next Farm Bill.

    At 12:30 p.m., the presentation “A Discussion with Key Senate Leadership” will begin, moderated by Tom Sell, co-founder and manager, Combest, Sell & Associates, Washington, D.C. Discussion participants will include U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark, ranking member, Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, ranking member, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, both of Washington, D.C.

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