The National Corn Growers Association is co-sponsoring an international conference this week that looks at the potential of conservation agriculture systems and sequestering carbon in contributing significantly to the mitigation of climate change. The meeting is hosted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Conservation Technology Information Center.
"We're happy to be a part of this conference and to support the efforts of the Conservation Technology Information Center," said David Ward, chairman of NCGA's Production and Stewardship Action Team. "It is important for growers to be involved in research and policies that affect their work and their ability to maximize markets for their products."
Experts from around the world are meeting at Purdue University's Agronomy Center for Research and Education in West Lafayette, Ind., to present data about the potential for carbon sequestration through good agricultural practices, such as no-tillage cropping systems, the methods and models for assessment of agriculture-based carbon credit trading, and techniques and practices for verification.
The intent of the meeting is to provide direction about the steps necessary to assess the potential in existing global carbon offset market and how these can enable agriculture in using no-till and/or conservation agriculture through carbon finance. In addition to NCGA, sponsors include Agrotain International, Syngenta, Mosaic Co., Case IH and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.