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Various best practices, such as reducing or eliminating tillage and altering the mix of crops, can enhance carbon sequestration in agricultural lands.
“Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap” offers new analysis to support long-term planning to enhance U.S. land management of carbon sinks to ensure healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.
California FarmLink is a resource hub and service provider that helps farmers learn and improve business and financial management skills, find land, secure land tenure, and obtain financing. This organization works to link independent, underserved farmers and ranchers to the working agricultural lands and financing they need for a sustainable future.
The Annual Journal of Consulting Forestry’s 2018 edition features discussion of the regulatory framework, challenges, and opportunities for carbon offsets in the United States.
The Chicago Climate Exchange’s Agricultural Offset Project Protocol details how continuous conservation tillage and conservation to grasslands can yield soil carbon sequestration benefits that can pay off for farmers and the environment.
Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation provides an overview of climate trends affecting agriculture. projections for change, and potential economic effects on the sector. The report also provides an overview of adaptation options at multiple scales and identifies research gaps.
Climate change and increased resource demands are expected to cause frequent and severe strains on water and energy systems that are necessary for agriculture. This article examines challenges and opportunities for adaptation measures in Arizona.
COMET-Farm is a conservation planning tool used to assess a farm’s greenhouse gas balance. This tool enables users to generate a report to compare alternative management strategies and to what extent alternate scenarios would provide carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
“Certain land management practices can add more plant material to soils as well as hold more of that organic matter in the soil for a longer time and thus build up the storage of that carbon in the soil,” he said. “There are ways to both maintain high production as well as build soil carbon and reduce other greenhouse gases…” Farmland may be key in tackling climate change.
The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that agriculture is responsible for 37% of greenhouse gas emissions. There’s hope—and a solution.