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Project History

The original 5-year plan for CFF was to understand the interconnections between climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and agriculture in an effort to reduce agricultural emissions of greenhouse gases, improve soil carbon sequestration, and develop bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts from agriculture that offset the combustion of fossil fuel carbon. The three specific goals were to develop and evaluate agricultural technologies and management practices that can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, restore soil carbon through sequestration, and replace fossil fuel-derived products with biomass derived products.

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Project scientists:

  • assessed and modeled direct emissions of CO2, CH4 and N2O from farm management practices
  • assessed the impact of management (ie. tillage, crop rotation, residue management, etc.) on soil carbon sequestration
  • evaluated alternative cropping systems, including bioenergy crops
  • developed decision support systems for precision nitrogen management in cereal grain systems
  • developed and evaluated anaerobic digestion technology for dairy and food processing wastes
  • developed nutrient recovery technologies for organic waste materials
  • supported public policy development for Climate Friendly Farming practices

In 2010, CFF Project produced a comprehensive research report based on the original project entitled: Climate Friendly Farming: Improving the Carbon Footprint of Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest

Climate Friendly Farming