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Letter: The impact of the climate bill

The climate change bills being considered by Congress will have a negative impact on agriculture, as well as the U.S. economy as a whole. The U.S. House and Senate climate change bills would impose higher energy and food costs on consumers; raise fuel, fertilizer and energy costs for farmers and ranchers and shrink the American agricultural sector, which produces our nation's food, fiber, feed and fuel.

Under the climate change legislation, a significant amount of productive cropland will be taken out of production in order to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. This shift in land use will hurt consumers at the grocery store, where the increased food costs will have a dramatic impact. Many families are facing difficult economic times, and this legislation will add an additional burden for them.

Less farmland, coupled with increased costs of production incurred by American farmers and ranchers as a result of the legislation, will put our country at a competitive disadvantage in international markets with other countries that do not have similar carbon emission restrictions. The United States can't go it alone in greenhouse gas reductions. All nations of the world must be committed to greenhouse gas reductions.

Bottom line, if the climate change legislation becomes law, we all will pay the price.

April Damhof

Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau President