Ag community divided over cap-and-trade

WICHITA — The agricultural community doesn’t speak with one voice when it comes to federal cap-and-trade legislation now being considered by House committees.

Roger Johnson, the new president of the National Farmers Union, made it clear in an interview with The Wichita Eagle this week that he would only support cap-and-trade if ag would be allowed to sell carbon offsets.

But the American Farm Bureau Federation appears to be against the climate change bill, which includes the proposed cap-and-trade system, under any conditions. AFBF president Bob Stallman notes that the legislation would put U.S. farmers at a competitive disadvantage in the international marketplace.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, said this week it’s not likely that revenue from offsets will “even come close” to mitigating the increased costs of inputs that would result from the legislation.