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We believe every farm can be a carbon farm and that agricultural producers can be powerful climate champions. Practices that sequester carbon in soils are ready to be deployed today and US agricultural lands hold significant carbon-storing potential. By building healthier soils that are rich in carbon, we can improve producers’ bottom lines, foster more resilient agriculture systems, and address climate change.
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Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a component of soil organic matter that includes all the plant and animal materials decaying in soil. Part of the natural cycle, carbon is an essential (but often forgotten) soil nutrient that is critical for soil fertility. Carbon promotes good soil structure, improves water infiltration, and releases nutrients for plant growth. Building soil health requires a focus on carbon.
The Mountain West is home to more than half of the acres used for grazing in the United States (USDA 2007). These rangelands have huge potential to sequester carbon — helping to fight climate change while also improving the resilience of these ecosystems and the sustainability of agricultural operations. We are working to stitch together education, technical assistance, science, and policy to support agriculture producers in scaling healthy soils practices.