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March 13, 2009

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Seeks Input on Climate Change

Washington, D.C.—Chairman Collin C. Peterson of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee is seeking comments from members of Sigma Xi and more than 400 other organizations on proposals to address global climate change.

The committee is soliciting the opinions of scientific, agricultural, environmental and educational groups, as well as other members of the public, through a print- and Web-based questionnaire.

"American agriculture producers know what it means to have a green job," said Chairman Peterson. "For years our farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have been participating in conservation and carbon sequestration programs, working to reduce emissions and increase efficiency, and support a thriving renewable energy industry."

He continued, "Now we on the House Agriculture Committee would like to know where and how these efforts will fit into the overall task of addressing global climate change. There are many different ideas out there and this questionnaire is meant to ensure that we hear from as many viewpoints as possible on how to incorporate the good work America's farmers, ranchers and conservationists are already doing into climate change initiatives, and identify potential benefits for the future."

The questionnaire allows stakeholders throughout the nation to provide the committee with their views on the different options being considered in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—especially as they relate to the agriculture and forestry sectors.

The questionnaire can be accessed at agriculture.house.gov. All responses must be on topic, in line with House rules and include the biographical information sheet. The deadline for responses is April 10, 2009.

"This is an opportunity for Sigma Xi members to be heard on important issues," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Jerome F. Baker. "If you do provide input, we'd like you to send us an e-mail, just so we'll know how many members responded. We don't need the comments you provided, just an indication that you filled out the questionnaire."

Please send e-mail to Memberinfo@sigmaxi.org. In the subject line, please put "US House Agriculture Committee Questionnaire."

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