Upcoming Workshops: The “Green” Gold Rush: Opportunities and Risks of Carbon Markets for Washington Dairies, Digesters, and Beyond

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Interested in learning more about whether carbon markets could provide additional revenue for your farm?  Join Washington State University and the University of Idaho for The “Green” Gold Rush: Opportunities and Risks of Carbon Markets for Washington Dairies, Digesters and Beyond.

Join us from 10:00 -2:30 (lunch provided!) at one of the three following locations:

  • Feb 6 (Tuesday): Rustlers Grill, 405 Front St, Lynden, WA
  • Feb 7 (Wednesday): Snipes, 905 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA
  • Feb 8, (Thursday): Othello Police Department Training Room, 500 E Main St., Othello, WA

The workshop now has a detailed agenda with speakers. (You can connect through the link to an up-to-date agenda – or scroll to the bottom for speaker information.) The workshop will provide an overview of carbon markets, including:

  • Opportunities and risks in various types of carbon markets (voluntary, regulatory, clean fuels programs)
  • Grant and cost-share opportunities
  • Technology overview
  • Long-term dairy industry outlook

REGISTRATION PREFERRED, as we will provide lunch.  Questions?  Reach out to Georgine Yorgey at the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, yorgey@wsu.edu, 206-235-7154.

AGENDA (program is similar at the 3 locations):

10-10:10 Welcome and Introductions

10:10-10:30  Overview of Opportunities for Dairies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Georgine Yorgey, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University

10:30 – 12:15 PANEL with Q & A: Perspectives on Diverse Carbon Markets

Carbon Market Economics and Risks, Shannon Neibergs, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University (Tu-Th) and Hernan Tejeda, Agricultural Economics, University of Idaho (W, Th only)

 Environmental Stewardship: A Dairy Perspective, Njoe Nyoni, Dairy Farmers of Washington

Current Carbon Market Offset Opportunities For Washington Dairies, Peter Weisbergy, 3Degrees (Tues), John Thornton, Clean Future (Weds and Thurs)

Cooperative Perspective, Darigold 

12:15 – 1  LUNCH

1:00 – 1:45  PANEL: Beyond Carbon Markets: Grants, Cost-Share, and Other Support

Sustainable Farms and Fields Opportunities, Karen Hills, Washington State Conservation Commission 

NRCS Cost Share Opportunities, Alexander Hall, Joh Hawley, and Daizy Dehnke (Tuesday), Dorothy Lambert (Weds), Dorothy Lambert, Alexandra Reyes, and RaeAnn Kirk (Thurs)

WSDA Resources, Nina Gibson, WSDA 

Conservation District Support, Trevor Gearhart, Whatcom Conservation District (Tues)

1:45 – 2:30 Digesters: Dairy Considerations for On-Farm and Off-Farm Digesters Craig Frear, Regenis (Tues), Embrey Bronstad, Brown & Caldwell (Weds and Thurs)

This workshop was organized with input and collaboration from the Washington Dairy Federation, and funding from the USDA Western Extension Risk Management Education Center and Washington State University Biomass Research Funds.