CHICO, Calif. — Our goal is to take participants through the purpose, process and development of a whole farm plan to conserve/replenish soil and sequester carbon using the University Farm as our “sample” farm.
A carbon plan is a whole-farm conservation plan that when implemented will enhance soil health, increase carbon sequestration, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The planner and client develop the carbon plan by addressing resource concerns with a focus on opportunities for carbon sequestration of the entire operation. Resource concerns on the farm, ranch, or forestland are, thus, addressed through the application of targeted, site-specific conservation practices with known and/or quantifiable greenhouse gas benefits. A carbon plan can include supporting conservation practices that do not necessarily have a direct benefit to soil health, carbon, or greenhouse gas, but are essential to the function of the plan. The carbon plan contains all the elements of a conservation plan including an inventory and analysis of current resource conditions, on-farm carbon sequestration and GHG mitigation potential, and the client’s decision regarding the implementation of a conservation system that will address the identified resource concerns. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration on these lands have numerous co-benefits that improve ecosystem function and health.
Carbon Farm Planning 101 Workshop
Led by CRARS Director Cindy Daley and Program Manager Priya Tuvell
At the This Way to Sustainability (TWTS) Conference
Friday, March, 26 2020 at 2:10 pm
The fee for the conference includes the cost for this workshop.
(Free for Chico State students)
Designing Farm and Ranch Management Plans
To Fight Climate Change
The workshop will cover the phases of carbon farm planning including some of the following:
1. Collection and Analysis of Information
2. Identify Client’s Objectives: Includes client’s short and long term goals for operation including soil health, carbon sequestration and GHG emissions reduction.
3. Establish a resource inventory
4. Using the NRCS Web Soil Survey – establish baseline soil carbon and baseline production information
5. Build a plan that addresses soil degradation and emissions using conservation production practices and regenerative agriculture
6. Quantify the carbon sequestration potential
7. Quantify the water benefits
8. Create summary tables and supporting data
9. Setup an implementation program
10. Setup a monitoring program
11. Finalize the plan and begin.
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