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Financial Conversations with Fitz #50 - Webcast on Climate Change Policy - 01/26/2010

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Weather a bit challenging this morning.   We dodged a bullet this weekend with lots of ice and snow staying away.   The rain cleared up a lot of streets and roads.   Say, before I forget our cattlemen in western Iowa are in need of help.    Some have been out of power for three days and maybe three more.   The ICA is looking for extra generators.  They are probably covered by now but if you want to help contact the ICA.    Don’t need to remind anyone but  CHECK YOUR GRAIN….

Today we are going to talk about an interesting program coming out throughout the state next Monday night Feb 1st from 7:00 to 9:00.   Our local one is being held in our TSB Community Room in Forest City.   If you are involved in Agriculture you need to be informed on the topics of Climate change, transportation, utilities, and organic soil carbons. and implications of corn/bean production in the next ten years.   I know a lot of my clients say; Oh Paul, “isn’t this climate change is just a bunch of hype by environmentalists and professors”?   Some of it might be but a lot of it is coming to the forefront with legislation in both federal and state.   We used to worry about if our soils had a good clarion Webster mix for production and a good CSR.    Now we have a lot more to worry about in the future.     So this webcast will be an interactive presentation by four specialists that work in this field.   They are going to cover the Economic Impact to consumers and agriculture producers along with the current climate change in legislation and regulations.   Dr. James Bushnell from Cargill is going to start out to cover Energy Economics with an overview of policy for utilities and transportation costs; He will be followed by Dr. Pat WEsthoff from the University of Missouri, Food & Ag Research Policy Institute,  covering Implications for crop production; then we will have Dr. Dermot Hayes, ISU Center of Ag Research & Development talking about the implications for livestock production;  then Dr Chad Hart ISU Economist, will review and put the pieces together.   There is no charge for the event and I might even find some goodies and coffee to help us think.   Even though some of us might feel this isn’t going to come to task…..My thoughts are most of it will so it is important that we are familiar with what is being discussed so we can talk to our farm agencies and legislators that they put it together the best for the people in agriculture.  So circle it on your calendars and stop by a site near to you.   Bring a neighbor so you can discuss it on the way home over coffee.  If you could call in to pre register so we know how many to set up for.    You can call WGO Extension office at 641-584-2261. 

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