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Almond Growers Explore Ways To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Representatives of almost 60 countries are gathering this week in Paris for talks on climate change. California farmers are also looking for incentives to reduce greenhouse gas.

The Almond Board of California is looking for ways to reduce fertilizer use in orchards and to limit other farming factors that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

It's part of a project with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give growers incentives allowing them to sell carbon credits to businesses with the cap-and-trade program.

Gabrielle Ludwig with the Almond Board says the private sector needs to become involved as much as nations in addressing climate change.

"My hope is that out of this larger conversation that Paris is having is that more interest will be generated in the private sector to pay for carbon offsets and if we have that then certainly ag has a role to play in that market."

Ludwig says almond growing has a small carbon footprint now but adding incentives for growers, will make it even smaller.