According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, mitigation involves interventions to reduce the human-induced factors that contribute to climate change.
NRCS can help producers, land managers and owners mitigate climate change by providing them the tools and knowledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve carbon storage through conservation practices. Producers have opportunities to employ practices that save time and money and take advantage of market forces that may lead to new commodities such as carbon sales and bioenergy crops.
Agricultural Activities that Mitigate the Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Agricultural and forestry activities can contribute to the reduction in atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases in three important ways: sequestration, emissions reductions, and fossil fuel substitution. Read more.
Ecosystem services are part of the focus of market-oriented approaches proposed in the 2007 Farm Bill. The goal of market-based conservation is to take conservation beyond the farm, ranch, and forest and develop a system that mainstreams environmental credit trading. Read more.
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