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Issue No. 26 - Winter 1999

Recent developments in having soils accepted as part of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans are generally positive.

There has been a lot of activity south of the border. At a conference near Washington, D.C., it was apparent the US Administration is very favorably disposed to agricultural soils playing a role in the US response to Kyoto. Americans signed the Kyoto Protocol at the Buenos Aires round of negotiations. This agreement must be ratified before it becomes official. My understanding is that the next US Presidential campaign may well have a strong environmental component.

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Issue No. 25 - Fall 1998

In cooperation with the AgriFood Innovation Fund, a study was started this spring.

To deal with some of the problems and techniques that come with the introduction of broadleaf crops such as peas, lentils and mustard into annual rotations that contained a high presence of cereals. The south central area is an area in transition, as it attempts to deal with the decisions associated with the introduction of non-wheat type crops.

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Issue No. 24 - Summer 1998

I would like to address some significant points in order to expand on the potential for soils as carbon sinks.

For action to happen, we need to consider: 1. The crucial role of farmers. 2. The remarkable contribution soils can make in achieving targets. 3. Agricultural strategies that can be undertaken right now. Farmers must be included to enable carbon sequestration in soils. It will be up to thousands of farmers like me to turn the abstract into reality. Carbon sequestration, potentially a successful part of our nation's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan is essentially an agricultural program. Farmers will be needed at all stages to make this proposition work.

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