The Crop of the Future

Whether you call it global warming or climate change, the emotionally charged topic generally associated with greenhouse gases brings an array of reactions – from genuine concern to belief in a conspiracy. Earth’s average surface temperature has increased 1.3ºF. over the past century and is projected to increase by an additional 3.2ºF. to 7.2ºF. over the 21st century. It is happening at a faster rate than ever before.

Impacts of Soil Carbon Sequestration on Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Midwestern USA Beef Finishing Systems

On-farm beef production and emissions data are combined with 4-year soil C analysis. Feedlot production produces lower emissions than adaptive multi-paddock grazing. Adaptive multi-paddock grazing can sequester large amounts of soil C. Emissions from the grazing system were offset completely by soil C sequestration. Soil C sequestration from well-managed grazing may help to mitigate climate change.

Drought-Stricken Texans Turn to Cows to Save Their Farms

Cattle rancher Jon Taggart of Grandview, Texas, continued run his business through a drought by planting diverse grasses for his cows. That diversity of grass has kept Taggart’s soil healthy even as Texas faces droughts. The grasses ability to hold on to water when it rains has helped keep his farm healthy.

A New Weapon in the Carbon Fight

There has been a renewed interest in understanding how soils can serve as a sink for carbon dioxide since atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have crossed 410 parts per million and oceans are already turning acidic. Besides, increasing soil carbon offers a range of co-benefits and this would buy us time before other technologies can help us transition to a zero-carbon lifestyle.

Will 'Climate Smart Agriculture' Serve the Public Interest – Or the Drive for Growing Profits for Private Corporations?

‘Climate smart agriculture’ has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions. But now there is a struggle over its definition. Is it the latest manifestation for corporate social responsibility or the title of a manifesto for real, grassroots led, change, ask PETER NEWELL, JENNIFER CLAPP and ZOE BRENT

Can Agriculture and the Climate Fix Their 'Unhappy Marriage' in 2018?

Agriculture is responsible for more than three-quarters of global deforestation, and if the trend continues, about 10 million square km of land will likely be cleared by 2050. A 2016 report from the FAO said it would be possible to increase food security while maintaining or increasing forest cover, identifying 22 countries that have managed to do so. To duplicate such practices, especially in the developing world, will require sharing of knowledge.