The ARS National Soil and Air Program has as its mission: to improve the quality of atmosphere and soil resources affected by, and having an effect on agriculture, and to understand the effects of, and prepare agriculture for, adaptation to climate change.
In planning and conducting Soil and Air research, ARS will focus our efforts on several specific priorities:
Enable improvements of air quality via management and mitigation of emissions from agricultural operations
Develop knowledge and technologies for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations through management of agricultural emissions and carbon sequestration
Enable agriculture to adapt to climate change
Maintain and enhance soil resources
Priority setting for Future Research in Climate Change, Soils, Emissions, and Agricultural Byproducts