The 2014 Adaptation Plan is designed to help NRCS management and employees understand and better prepare for current and future changes in the climate that impact all aspects of the environment and day-to-day operations.
The mission of USDA’s regional Climate Hubs is to develop science-based, region-specific information and technologies to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-smart decision-making and to provide assistance to enable farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability.
COMET-FARM™ is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing the carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios.
The Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA) is an extensive database on soil carbon. Three years ago, NRCS embarked on the largest concentrated soil sampling effort in the history of soil survey to build the most extensive database on soil organic and inorganic carbon in the US.
The GHG and Carbon Sequestration Ranking Toolis a qualitative ranking of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards that can be applied effectively to the Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestration Resource Concern.
Soil Health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. A healthy soil performs several functions: regulating water, sustaining plant and animal life, filtering and buffering potential pollutants, cycling nutrients, and physical stability and support.
Conservation Innovation Grants, offered by the NRCS, stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. These grants specifically addressed greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon sequestration opportunities in fiscal year 2011, water quality credit trading in 2012, and drought adaptation and irrigation management in 2013, and will continue investing in projects to reduce GHG emissions, enhance carbon sequestration, and improve soil health on private farms and ranches. Awards in 2014 were in the areas of soil health, conservation planning, nutrient and energy management, and development of innovative conservation technology.