U.S. Agriculture is a key enabling sector in the transition to a net zero economy as well as a critical portfolio investment opportunity for those seeking an economic return that also benefits the environment and communities. By 2025, widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices could reduce U.S. agriculture’s contribution to total U.S. GHG emissions by more than half, from 9.9% to 3.8%.
1 These practices – which span nutrient application, manure management, and cultivation and grazing are “sufficiently mature, both scientifically and in practice, to materially increase carbon storage if widely deployed in the U.S. and globally.”
2 By 2035, with increased investments and partnerships across the food and agriculture value chain and the integration of promising frontier technologies, U.S. agriculture has the potential to be a carbon sink, at -4% of total U.S. GHG emissions.
A recent report funded by the United Soybean Board focuses on six established practices:
1) no-till/reduced tillage with retained residues,
2) cover crops,
3) crop rotation,
4) compost application
5) managed grazing, and
6) integrated crop and livestock systems
all of which improve soil health, sequester carbon and produce numerous co-benefits such as reduced erosion, increased water infiltration, and economic and environmental resiliency. With technology and financial innovation targeted at specific practice adoption barriers, these benefits will accrue on the farm, throughout rural America and the agriculture value chain, and the nation as a whole.
Learn more about this opportunity in a virtual meeting sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association and the North Dakota Soybean Council.