Carbon farming optimizes carbon capture by implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and stored in plant material or soil organic matter.
This study is focusing on field research in specific geographies of the United States: the Midwest, the Plains, the West and the southeastern US. The Ohio State University researchers and collaborating institutions are collecting on-farm data from croplands, grasslands and rangelands. On-farm research offers the opportunity to study the impacts on soil organ carbon from fully implemented systems in terms of scale, adoption of management approaches and constraints faced by farm managers, growers and ranchers.
The resulting output will be anonymized on-farm data from soil organic carbon-enhancing practices using a process that calculates a unique baseline for different geographies.
This project will generate much needed knowledge on how to strengthen the adoption of soil organic carbon-enhancing practices by farmers and ranchers, and how to increase the recognition of the importance of those practices by the private sector, policy makers and the general public.