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Advancing DEI in Sharing Carbon & Ecosystems Services Information

Generating Soil Health Solutions
Generating Soil Health Solutions

Program Contact

Lakisha Odom, Ph.D..
lodom@foundationfar.org

Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies

Madison, Wisconsin

Year Awarded  2022

FFAR award amount   $100,000

Total award amount   $200,000

Location   Madison, WI

Matching Funders   American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America

Carbon Markets Are Growing, But Trusted, Unbiased Information About Them Is Limited

Carbon credits, also known as carbon offsets, are permits that represent the equivalent of one ton of carbon dioxide removed and sequestered from the atmosphere. In the U.S., credits can be purchased or traded through carbon markets. Trusted, unbiased information about these markets and supporting programs are limited. In 2021, the Tri-Societies began building a source for science-based information to assist all populations working in agronomy, crops, soils and agriculture at large to understand and adopt carbon programs that curb climate change emissions and evaluate the science behind practices and markets. The Decode 6 website, launched Nov. 2022, is the result of this effort. FFAR has invested $100,000, with an equivalent match from Tri-Societies, to develop inclusivity and accessibility tools into the website so the information is understandable and accessible to everyone, especially within underserved communities.

This partnership between FFAR and Tri-Societies allows Decode 6 to reach underserved communities that are looking to better understand and leverage opportunities in carbon and ecosystem services markets. But it’s not just a one-way push of educational materials to these communities. Through this partnership, Decode 6 will work directly with individuals in underserved communities to co-create actionable education materials related to carbon, markets and economics, water, nutrients, biodiversity and habitat and climate. Chris Boomsma
Director of science & strategy for Decode 6

About the Decode 6 Website

The Decode 6 website provides free educational resources in carbon and ecosystem services and their respective markets for the agricultural and environmental sectors. It is named for carbon, the sixth element on the periodic table.

The website covers six key topic areas, including:

  1. Carbon
  2. Markets and economics,
  3. Water
  4. Nutrients
  5. Biodiversity and habitat
  6. Climate

The information is provided in bite-sized, science-based information question-and-answer format. Podcasts, videos and short articles seek to answer the key questions farmers, in-field advisers, agricultural retailers, conservationists, market providers and policymakers need to evaluate today’s opportunities in carbon and ecosystem services practices and markets.

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Accessing science-based, unbiased information on emerging carbon markets and programs can often be challenging. FFAR is excited to support Decode 6 in providing equitable access to practical agricultural information and enabling more informed decision-making. LaKisha Odom, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Director
Sustaining Vibrant Agroecosystems

Why Website Accessibility Is Important?

Website accessibility is the inclusive practice of ensuring there are no barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with physical disabilities, situational disabilities or other impairments or limitations. It ensures the information on a website is accessible to all.

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The Latest

Insights

Our Insights highlight unique perspectives from across the food and agriculture community.

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Precision Agriculture Tools for Livestock Production

Caleb J. Grohmann

FFAR Fellow, University of Missouri

The Next Frontier for Biotechnology & the Future of Forestry

Samantha Surber

FFAR Fellow, University of Georgia

A Place for Everyone in Agriculture

Dr. LaKisha Odom & Jocelyn Hittle

Transforming Agriculture with Data and Artificial Intelligence

Shiang-Wan Chin, FFAR Fellow

Cornell University

Closing the Loop

Madeline Desjardins, FFAR Fellow

Washington State University

Importance of Bacteria in Identifying Bovine Respiratory Disease

Ruth Eunice Centeno Martinez

FFAR Fellow, Purdue University

Let’s Raise a Glass on National Milk Day to the Power of Agriculture Research

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Krysta Harden

President and CEO U.S. Dairy Export Council

The Innovation Dilemma: Why Adoption Rates for Agricultural Technologies Lag Behind

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Enrique Pena Martinez, FFAR Fellow

Raleigh, North Carolina

Building Team Chemistry: The Bigger Picture Behind Cows & Climate

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Conor McCabe

Animal Biology Graduate Student, UC Davis

Insight on Livestock Methane Mitigation

Dr. Rod Mackie, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Champaign, IL

Finding a New Way to Control Weeds in Cotton.

Sarah Chu

Sarah Chu

FFAR Fellow, Texas A&M University

Indigenous Farmers are Leading a “New Green Revolution” Focused on Hemp

James DeDecker, Director, Michigan State University – Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Mary Donner, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians – Ziibimijwang Farm Executive Director and Tribal Citizen

The Algae-rithm of Sustainable Agriculture: Can Algae Replace Harmful Pesticides and Fertilizers?

Mira Conyers

Protecting the Vidalia Onion

Sujan Paudel

FFAR Fellow

Irrigation’s Role in Ensuring Global Food Security

Luke Reynolds

Irrigation Association

A Biomass Carol: Bioenergy for The Future

Ekramul Ehite

FFAR Fellow, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

The “Good Soil Discount” — A Game Changer for U.S. Agriculture

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Harley Cross

Land Core Co-founder & Director of Strategy

Illuminating Pest Management with the Help of the Washington State Wine Commission

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FFAR Fellow, Washington State University

Global Agriculture Leaders See How Maryland Farmers Use Land-based Tools to Benefit Waterways

Ernie Shea

President, Solutions from the Land

News

The latest news and updates from FFAR.

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FFAR Grant Unites Urban Agriculture Operations to Increase Food Security

FFAR-Funded Research to Prevent African Swine Fever Virus

FFAR Announces New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Awardees

FFAR Awards Savanna Institute a Grant to Inform Agroforestry Adoption

FFAR & The Organic Center Invest $632,000 into the Future of Organic Farming

Greener Cattle Initiative Opens Call for Enteric Methane Emission Research

FFAR Grant Addresses Emerging Pine Needle Diseases

FFAR Accepting Pre-Proposals for 2024 Seeding Solutions

FFAR Grant Provides Data on Nitrogen Management Practices in the Great Plains

FFAR & AAVMC Open Applications for 2024 FFAR Vet Fellows

Japanese Encephalitis Virus Research Protects U.S. Swine

Dr. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra Awarded the 2024 NAS Prize in Food & Agriculture Sciences

FFAR Grant Reduces Nitrogen Inputs, Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

FFAR Seeks Nominations for 2024 New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award

FFAR Grant Develops Mitigation Tactics for Cocoa Frosty Pod Rot

Grant Transforms Wastewater to Crop Fertilizer

FFAR Unveils New Research Strategy

FFAR & Open Philanthropy Announce Egg-Tech Prize Finalists

ICASA Grants Seek to Address Liver Abscess Formation in Cattle

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Key Findings from WFO and AgMission™ Producers’ Consultation

Breakthroughs

Tools, technologies and strategies from the research we fund.

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Building Collaborations for Technology-Driven Solutions in Agriculture

Breakthrough for Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM)

Building Food System Interventions to Support Urban & Rural Communities

Breakthrough for Integrating Community and Modeling Efforts to Evaluate Impacts and Tradeoffs of Food System Interventions

Unlocking Genetic Heat Tolerance in Cattle

Breakthrough for Precision Bred Adaptation of Elite Taurine Breeds of Beef & Dairy Cattle

Increased Fiber, Same Great Taste

Breakthrough for Increasing Dietary Fiber in Wheat Crop

Diagnosing Coffee Leaf Rust & Slowing Its Spread

Breakthrough for Protecting Coffee from Leaf Rust Disease

Connecting Growers & Markets

Breakthrough for FFAR Grant Develops Tools to Predict Consumer Demand, Reduce Food Waste

Accelerating Crop Development with Improved Haploid Fertility

Breakthrough for Accelerated Development of Crops of the Future

Documenting Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing’s Benefits

Breakthrough for Quantifying the Advantages of Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing Compared to Conventional Continuous Grazing in the U.S. Southeast & Northern Great Plains

RIPE Researchers Prove Bioengineering Better Photosynthesis Increases Yields in Food Crops for the First Time

Breakthrough for Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) Reinvestment

Launch of Eco-Harvest, a program rewarding producers for regenerative agriculture practices

Breakthrough for Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

Radiography could transform poultry breeding

Breakthrough for FFAR Awards $1.4 Million to Purdue University, University of California, Davis and University of Edinburgh Researchers to Improve Health and Productivity of Egg-Laying Hens

Research Pinpoints Why Dairy Cows Produce Less Milk in Warm Weather and Develops Nutrition-Based Solution

Breakthrough for FFAR Grant Helps Heat-Stressed Dairy Cows Weather Increasing Temperatures

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium & Parallel 41 Network: Building a path to data-driven management

Groundwater Fluctuations Impact Grain Yields

Breakthrough for FFAR Awards $2.4 Million to Eight Early-Career Research Faculty Members for Innovative Research Projects

Getting to the Root of the Problem: Fastidious Pathogens

Report on Interventions to Reduce Consumer Food Waste

Breakthrough for Understanding & Reducing Consumer Food Waste

Feed Additives Stop Viral Disease Spread, Researchers Find

Breakthrough for FFAR-Funded Research Finds Feed Additives Stop the Spread of Viral Diseases

Initial Successes in Ending Surgical Castration of Swine

Breakthrough for FFAR Awards $500,000 Grant to Improve Swine Health and Well-Being

Emergency Food for Children & Families During the Pandemic

Breakthrough for Integrating Community and Modeling Efforts to Evaluate Impacts and Tradeoffs of Food System Interventions

Breakthroughs to Advance Food & Agricultural Research by 2030

Breakthrough for Breakthroughs 2030 Report Identifies New Scientific Strategy to Transform U.S. Agriculture

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