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June 5, 2009
House Agriculture Committee Publishes Responses to Climate Change Survey
Washington, D.C.—U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has announced the publication of responses to the Committee's climate change survey. The Committee received more than 200 responses to the questionnaire.
In March 2009, the Agriculture Committee created the climate change questionnaire and distributed it to Sigma Xi and more than 400 other organizations to gather input on proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The survey results are available on the House Agriculture Committee Publications page.
"The tremendous response to the Agriculture Committee's climate change survey demonstrates the real concerns and contributions that these organizations can offer in the discussion about climate change," Chairman Peterson said.
"The information we received from this survey," he continued, "will help us educate other Members of Congress about the potential contribution and impact of climate change legislation on agriculture and rural communities."
For years, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have been participating in agricultural programs that result in carbon reduction, and the goal of the questionnaire was to identify ways that these practices could be recognized and incorporated into climate change legislation.
The questionnaire was sent to a diverse group, including commodity, conservation, forestry, research, energy, business, and nonprofit interests and was also provided to the public.
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