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US ag debate on ETS hots up

- Friday, July 31, 2009

Reports suggest there is a growing divide amongst US farmers and agribusiness about whether or not the proposed US ETS will benefit farmers.

A US website that focuses on political developments in relation to US legislation reports that "Cracks are emerging within the powerful farm lobby, as the agriculture community fractures over the sweeping climate and energy bill expected to be taken up by the Senate this fall". Former US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns is convinced the ETS will impose more pains than gains for farmers, while the current Agriculture SecretaryTom Vilsack sees agriculture offsets as a major new source of farm income.    
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