Pennsylvania Farm Bureau unveils carbon credit trading pilot program

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is hosting information meetings for farmers and other landowners who may be eligible to participate in a new pilot program for Carbon Credit Trading.

The presentation is titled: “Income and Environmental Opportunities from Carbon Credit Trading.”

Meetings are scheduled for landowners in eight counties who are eligible for the pilot program.

Eight counties

The eight counties are Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Centre, Chester, Columbia, Franklin and Lycoming.

The program will be expanded to other Pennsylvania counties later this year.

The new service will be offered in association with Global Emissions Exchange, which has notable experience and achievement in carbon credit trading.

Global Emissions Exchange will provide a web-based enrollment system to register certain environmental, conservation and energy-related practices. Assistance will be provided to farmers without access to the web.

Initial project

The initial project focuses on no-till acreage, including grazing and pasture land.

Later this year, the program will enable carbon credit trading in all Pennsylvania counties for the use of biodiesel fuel.

A substantial discount on trading fees will be offered to members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Representatives of Global Emissions Exchange and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau will explain the program and answer questions.

No reservations are necessary for the free meeting, which is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

Following is a list of the dates, times and locations of the eight meetings:

— Feb. 11 — Beaver County, 7 p.m., Penn State University, Beaver Campus Auditorium, 100 University Drive, Monaca, Pa.

— Feb. 12 — Armstrong County, 7 p.m., Manor Township Fire Hall, 163 Main St., McGrann, Pa.

— Feb. 16 — Franklin County, 10 a.m., Franklin Co. Extension Office, Heritage Building, Rooms 6 and 7, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa.

— Feb. 19 — Berks County, 10 a.m., The Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, Pa.

— Feb. 20 — Columbia County, 1 p.m., Bloomsburg University (at Monty’s on the Upper Campus), 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, Pa.

— Feb. 25 — Chester County, 10 a.m., East Brandywine Fire Hall, 2096 Bondsville Road, Downingtown, Pa.

— Feb. 26 — Centre County, 10 a.m., Samuel Hayes Livestock Evaluation Center, 1494 W. Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

— Feb. 26 — Lycoming County, 7 p.m., Pennsdale Fire Company, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale, Pa.

Questions

Questions can be directed to Ginny Keever at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau by calling 717-761-2740 or by e-mailing vkkeever@pfb.com.

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