“Being high energy use customers, we’re very concerned about the bill and want to see a bill that’s more favorably written for Ohio’s farmers,” said Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Mike Schumm.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) strongly opposed the House bill, believing that it would impose enormous costs on agriculture and other sectors of the economy, and the cap-and-trade program would take effect whether or not competing nations like India and China adopted similar programs, meaning U.S. industries would have an incentive to locate overseas. It also provides no concrete alternative energy program, such as nuclear, to hold down energy costs and appears to have little or no impact on the climate, according to AFBF.
Schumm said projections indicate that the bill could increase electricity costs by 20 percent or more and also result in increased fuel costs.
“That’s going to affect our bottom line greatly,” he said.
Schumm also noted that financial incentives for farmers to implement practices that capture carbon are an important part of climate legislation but not all farmers can take advantage of them.
“In my instance, we have a lot of livestock, so no-till isn’t always viable for us. And if we plant trees, we can’t grow the crops that we need to produce the grain to feed the livestock or feed the American public,” he said. “(The bill) is not enough to keep us going the way we need to go.”