(Posted Tue. Mar 29th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association welcomed a group of French delegates interested in low carbon technology yesterday for a series of meetings designed to further understanding of U.S. corn farming practices and ethanol The delegation, organized under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program examined how U.S. agriculture reduces output of greenhouse gas emissions and examined U.S. perspectives on promoting a low-carbon economy.
The group in attendance included: World Wildlife Foundation France Department of Food and Agriculture Head Arnaud Gauffier; Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Project Officer Joseph Lunet de la Malene; and Dr. Ann Sophie Novel, an economist and freelance journalist. NCGA Vice President of Production and Stewardship Paul Bertels and Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nathan Fields met with the delegation.
Through a series of in-depth discussions, the group looked at how growers are becoming more aware of how their continuous improvement translates into shrinking the carbon footprint of corn. Additionally, they discussed soil health and how modern ag practices can allow corn production to become a significant carbon sink.