Agriculture "can and will be part of the solution to climate change", the NFU told the Copenhagen climate change summit last week.
Combinable Crops Board chairman Ian Backhouse said farming could help avert what Government chief scientist John Beddington recently called a perfect storm. "But we will need the co-operation of our governments, the private sector, non-government organisations, the public and media," he added.
"Increasing productivity is critical to improving the adaptive capacity of both rich and poor farmers against climate change, to enhance food security and to reduce pressure on our natural environment."
Dr Jonathan Scurlock, the NFU's chief adviser on renewable energy and climate change, went to the summit with Backhouse and highlighted four main themes for tackling climate change.
These included increased greenhouse gas efficiency, enhanced carbon storage in vegetation and soils, a wide range of bio-energy technologies to displace fossil fuel use and uptake of other renewable energies such as wind and solar power.