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Farmers could cash in on cap-and-trade

farmmoney2Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, noted during a visit to Wichita last week that a cap-and-trade emission system could be a boon to Kansas farmers if it allows them to sell emission credits. Farmers could reduce their emissions and earn credits by means such as no-till farming, precision fertilizing and burning methane gas created by manure, Johnson said.

Though one might not think so now, based on their strong opposition to cap-and-trade legislation, Kansas Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts have in the past been big backers of allowing farmers to earn and sell carbon credits. In 2001, Brownback sponsored a carbon-sequestration act in which farmers would earn credits for the amount of carbon their fields absorb. Roberts pushed for federal research on carbon sequestration and called on farmers to help combat global warming. "Let's be part of the answer, not part of the problem," he said in 2000.