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Policies that encouraged wind power development allowed Dan Juhl, right, of Woodstock to launch a company that has developed more than 1,500 megawatts of community-owned electric capacity in the last 30 years. In contrast, John Baumgartner, left, of Olivia, founder of Boumgartner Environics Inc., said he has provided most of his engineering and consulting services for farm-based renewable energy projects outside the U.S. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Cap and trade could benefit agriculture if it has role in shaping climate legislation

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WILLMAR -- Climate change legislation could offer economic benefits to farmers, if they have a role in shaping it.

That's the gist of a study by Informa Economics for the American Farmland Trust and the National Association of Wheat Growers. It was the focus for discussion recently at Ridgewater College in Willmar, when the Ag Carbon Market Working Group sponsored a forum on possible climate change legislation.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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