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Author: Ciji Taylor

Innovative Project Curbs Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Mid-South Rice Fields

Posted by Ciji Taylor, Public Affairs Specialist on May 19, 2016 at 02:26 PM
Monitoring equipment in the rice fields measure gases.

Monitoring equipment in the rice fields measure gases.

Environmental markets—the buying and selling of ecosystem services like carbon credits, water quality benefits and wildlife habitat—is an emerging market opportunity that has seen success in California, Michigan and the prairie pothole region of North Dakota.

The process for generating carbon credits from water and nitrogen management on rice fields provides rice growers with small incentives to voluntarily make management changes that reduce methane and nitrous oxide; both are potent greenhouse gases.  

Thanks to a new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project, rice growers in the Mid-south region will have new opportunities to implement conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while marketing their climate-smart rice under a unique label.   Read more >>

Tags: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, greenhouse gas

categories Science & Technology