AFBF on agriculture making gains in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Agriculture has made strides when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A new analysis from the EPA shows that “carbon sinks,” such as forest lands, offset 12 percent of emissions and sequester more than 760 million metric tons of carbon.

Cropland productivity has increased by almost 50 percent in the last 30 years, while net emissions remained constant. This shows that farmers and ranchers produce more with less, using smarter practices.

Dr. John Newton with the American Farm Bureau speaks with RFD-TV’s own Janet Adkison on the highlights from the report, the big takeaways for farmers and ranchers, and what we need to do to make sure the trend continues.

According to Dr. Newton, “The biggest highlight is when you look at land use, land use changes and forestry, in 2018 we were able to capture more than 700 million metric tons of carbon in the soil, and that ultimately helped to sink approximately 12 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions across the entire economy. It shows the power of our soil in helping to address climate issues.”

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