The theme of the 2010 Breimyer Seminar will be “Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Boom or Bust for Agriculture?” It will be May 27 on the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri (MU).

“Cap and trade, the common name for the legislation to control greenhouse gas, may have a big impact on farming,” says Ron Plain, MU Extension economist and seminar organizer. “Farms can be a source and a potential sink for greenhouse gases.”

The program in the Reynolds Alumni Center opens with an “Overview of Greenhouse Gas Issues in Agriculture” by Ray Massey, extension economist with the MU Commercial Agriculture Program. He will be followed by Seth Meyer, research assistant professor at the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. He will present the FAPRI bio-energy baseline.

After lunch, David Miller, director of research at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, will explain “Ag Carbon Credits: The AgraGate Experience and Lessons Learned.”

Pat Westhoff, co-director of MU FAPRI, will update the legislative options being debated in Congress. Westhoff has analyzed options for congressional committees.

Plain wraps up the program with “Pros and Cons of Accounting for Indirect Land Use Change.”

“Agriculture produces about 8% of the U.S. greenhouse gases. Half of that comes from soil management and half from livestock,” Plain says. “Growing plants sequester carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases. This may offer farmers an opportunity for payments.”

The program will allow for time for attendees to ask questions and offer ideas.

The $30 seminar fee includes lunch and parking. Details and registration are available from Joyce White at mailto:whitej@missouri.edu or 573-882-6533. Pre-registration deadline is May 20.

The Breimyer Seminar, an MU tradition in policy analysis, provides a forum for discussion of vital issues. The series was founded by Harold Breimyer, professor of agricultural economics. He served in the USDA during the New Deal before teaching at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He left an endowment for the annual seminars.