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News from the Carbon Cycle Institute

CCI’s Carbon Farm Planning Education and Training program is at the forefront of professional development for agricultural conservation professionals, ensuring agricultural advisors have the technical expertise and skills required to help farmers and ranchers mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. In this article, we share takeaways from CCI-trained planners and how their greater understanding of the carbon cycle and nature-based climate solutions influences their work with farmers and ranchers.

Scaling the adoption of carbon farming practices and agricultural climate solutions will require public investments in significantly expanding the number of trained agricultural conservation professionals with expertise in climate adaptation and mitigation to work directly with farmers and ranchers. To meet this challenge, the Carbon Cycle Institute is partnering with institutions like Chico State University to facilitate carbon farm planning training for agricultural professionals. In a historic first, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have created new funding programs for conservation and carbon farm plan development, an important element in scaling agricultural climate solutions.  CCI interviews Dr. Cynthia Daley to get her perspective on how we can scale the workforce to meet the demands of our climate challenge.

Carbon Farming in the News

Carbon Farming Tackles California’s Belching Bovines

Straus Organic Dairy Farm is championing carbon farming practices in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2023. Albert Straus, founder and owner, is deploying practices at his farm to both reduce methane emissions and recarbonize the land through grazing and planting projects.

Global Stocks and Capacity of Mineral-Associated Soil Organic Carbon

Using a global synthesis of mineral-associated soil carbon measurements, the authors quantify the mineralogical capacity of soils to store carbon. Their analysis finds that soil, on the whole, is far below its potential saturation.

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