Many observers have concluded that the environmental benefits provided by farmers and ranchers are essential for the health of U.S. society. Several participants at an August conference in Gainesville suggested that these benefits warrant compensation.
The UF/IFAS Conference on Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate included considerations of food production, consumer needs and policy issues. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was the keynote speaker.
Chaired by Lynetta Usher Griner, a timber and beef cattle producer, and rancher Jim Strickland, the forum included a tour of North Florida agricultural properties.
A series of panel discussions at the conference addressed various subjects associated with variable climate conditions. All attendees agreed that reliable scientific information should guide responses to those conditions.