U.S., 20 other nations team to research greenhouse gas emissions from farms.
Washington Post, Thursday, December 17, 2009.

"The United States will join 20 other countries in a "research alliance" to
better understand -- and prevent -- greenhouse-gas emissions from farms,
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday (Dec 16).

Vilsack, in Copenhagen for the United Nations-sponsored global climate
talks, said the Agriculture Department will increase its spending on
farm-emissions research by $90 million over four years, to a total of $130

The department said the research money would be used to find new ways of
tending fields and treating animal manure, to reduce their emissions.

Other countries involved in the research alliance are Australia, Britain,
Canada, Colombia, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland,
Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
Uruguay and Vietnam, a news release said.

The statement came a day after the Agriculture Department announced an
agreement with an association of dairy farmers intended to create a 25
percent reduction in emissions from dairy farms by 2020. The department said
the agreement would involve efforts to increase the use of manure
"digesters," which use the methane produced by decaying waste to generate

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