Climate Friendly Farming Topics
Agriculture and climate are integrally related to each other. Agricultural production affects the delicate global carbon and nitrogen cycles through sequestration and release of carbon in soils and plants as well as through the contribution of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from fuel and fertilizer production and use, soil and waste management. There are significant opportunities to improve agricultural carbon, nitrogen and energy management through changes in management and improved technology. It’s even possible that farmers and ranchers could be compensated for making these types of changes through public and private carbon mitigation mechanisms. In addition, modern production systems have evolved and are managed in response to local and regional climatic conditions (averages and variability) and are vulnerable to changes in local and regional climates. We need to better understand the potential impacts of climate change on regional agricultural production to inform investment and management decisions to ensure the sustainability of agriculture through the 21st Century.
Climate Friendly Farming: Improving the Carbon Footprint of Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. CSANR Research Report 2010-001