What is carbon farming?
Agriculture is one of the world’s biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Farming techniques, such as tilling, tractor use, chemical fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide application, and over-grazing, release carbon into the atmosphere at high rates. However, there are alternative land management practices that can help store carbon safely in the soil instead, such as using compost and mulch, growing cover crops, and planting more trees and shrubs. These and several other practices (there are thirty-two in total) are referred to as carbon farming. Not only does carbon farming have the potential to sequester carbon in the soil, it can bring lots of other benefits too – like increased crop yields and improved water holding capacity in the soil (leading to greater water efficiency).
How can the RCD Help You?
Are you interested in technical assistance in developing a Carbon Farm Plan for your farm or ranch? The US-LT RCD is currently seeking interested landowners to determine the future of carbon farm planning in our area.
What are some of the practices that can be part of a Carbon Farm Plan? *
- Compost Application
- Anaerobic Digester
- Silvopasture/Shrub & Tree Establishment
- Filter Strips
- Forage & Biomass Planting
- Rangeland Management
- Nutrient Management
- Prescribed Grazing and Range Planting
Contact Andrew Johnson at (805)536-3175 or by email at (redacted)
Let us know you are interested and there may be an opportunity for a free or reduced price Carbon Farm Plan for your farm or ranch.