UF Climate Change, Pest Control And Agriculture Conference Will Be Held In Gainesville On Thursday, Sept. 9

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 ext. 281

Source(s):
Andrew Schmitz (352) 392-1845 ext. 415
David Zilberman (510) 642-6570

GAINESVILLE—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner will be among a group of experts from across the nation scheduled to speak at the University of Florida Conference on Climate Change, Pest Control and Agriculture on Thursday, September 9, 1999 at the University Centre Hotel in Gainesville. Browner has been invited to speak at the noon luncheon.

Organized by the UF’s Department of Food and Resource Economics and sponsored by the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the University of California at Berkeley and EPA, the one-day conference is designed for congressional staffers and policymakers from various government agencies and agricultural commodity groups.

The conference is being planned by Andrew Schmitz, eminent scholar and professor in the UF’s food and resource economics department, and David Zilberman, chair of the agricultural and resource economics department at UC, Berkeley.

“The conference program will include one general session on the impact of climate change policies on agriculture and three or four sessions relating climate change to pest control,” said Schmitz. “We also will examine the potential role of agriculture as a sink to climate change gases, particularly the ability of forests and other agricultural crops to lock up or sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Practices that lead to carbon sequestration and non-tillage will be discussed.”

UF President John Lombardi is scheduled to welcome participants at 8:15 a.m. He will be followed briefly by welcoming remarks from Andrew Manale, senior program analyst for EPA’s Office of Policy.

Registration fees, which include the noon luncheon and 5:30 p.m. social, are $125 per person; $30 for students. Checks should be made out to Climate Change Conference and mailed to: H. Carole Schmitz, University of Florida, PO Box 110240, Gainesville, Fl. 32611-0240. Those who plan to attend the conference should register in advance so that name tags and receipts can be prepared. Attendees may also register at the registration desk from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 9.

For more information, visit the conference Web site: http://kierkegaard.ifas.ufl.edu/climatechange.html

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CLIMATE CHANGE, PEST CONTROL AND AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE Thursday, September 9, 1999, University Centre Hotel, Gainesville, Florida (Tentative Program)

7:00-8:00AM
REGISTRATION

8:15-8:35AM
WELCOME
John Lombardi, President, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Andrew Manale, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
“Agriculture and Climate Change: Beyond Adaptation”

8:35-9:25AM
THE STATE OF CLIMATE CHANGE: POLICY AND RESEARCH
David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley, CA “Climate Change: Economic Impacts and Possibilities for Agriculture”
Ujjayant Chakravorty, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
“The Economics and Politics of Climate Change: International Issues”

9:25-10:40AM
CLIMATE CHANGE AND FLORIDA
Clyde Kiker, (Moderator) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
“Climate Change: An Overview”
Jim O’Brien, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
“Climate Variability and Agriculture over the United States”
Hartwell Allen, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture “Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change and Southeast Agricultural Crops”
Janaki Alavalapati, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
“Forestry and the Economics of Carbon Sequestration in Florida”
10:40-10:50AM

BREAK
10:50AM-12:15PM
CLIMATE CHANGE AND PEST CONTROL
Andrew Paul Guiterrez, University of California, Berkeley, CA
“The Disruption of Natural and Biological Control by Climate Change”
Dave Lincoln, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
“Consequences of Global Change for Insect Pests”
Paul Jepson, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
“Impacts of Climate Change on Pesticide Use and Pesticide Impacts”

12:15-2:00PM
LUNCH SPEAKER
Carol Browner
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

2:00-3:15PM
CLIMATE CHANGE AND PEST CONTROL
Matthew Ayers, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
(Title To Be Announced)
James Bunce, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
“Climate Change and Weed Control”

3:15-3:30PM
BREAK

3:30-5:00PM
CLIMATE CHANGE, AGRICULTURE AND CARBON SEQUESTRATION
Rattan Lal, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
“Soil Management and Carbon Sequestration: A Science Perspective”
Andy Schmitz and Charles Moss, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and Chris Dumas, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC
“The Economics of Carbon Sequestration”
Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
“The Economics of Climate Change in Agriculture: A Synthesis”

5:00-5:30PM
DISCUSSION

5:30-6:30PM
RECEPTION

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