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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in U.S. Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities for Mitigation and Companion Agquick Cast Project Number: 0202-11000-001-42
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Jul 01, 2010
End Date: Jun 30, 2015

The goals are (1) to lay out the well-established science and the uncertainties about climate change that are important to U.S. and global agriculture; (2) to assess the impacts of climate change on society, including agriculture; and (3) to address the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in relation to other GHG emitters, nationally and globally. Major subjects to be addressed include (1) the science of GHG emission from agriculture; (2) mitigation options; (3) biofuel feedstocks production; (4) economics of mitigation; (5) co-benefits of mitigation projects; and (6) implementation and policy issues.

Funding will assist as follows: (1) to allow CAST to continue its important work of assembling teams of scientists to produce timely publications on topics of importance to agriculture; (2) to facilitate the communication of that information in the form of task force reports, issue papers, commentaries, and special publications; and (3) to distribute that information to a wide audience that includes personnel in Federal agencies, members of Congress and their staffs, non-governmental organizations, professional scientific societies, ag-related corporations and companies throughout the United States, members of the media, and the general public. CAST publications are made available through the CAST website ( to a wide audience: personal and sustaining CAST members (2500+ members), government agencies and policymakers (e.g., USDA, White House – Office of Science and Technology Policy, FDA, EPA), Congressional committees and staff, and the general public. In addition, notification of publications is provided to the media. Copies will be available upon request free of charge to CAST members, government personnel, and the media. Upon release of each publication, CAST will hold several briefings with selected federal agencies, Congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, professional societies, and the media. Copies of the publications will be distributed at all meetings. CAST administrators and task force personnel will give these presentations. CAST authors are highly regarded and are often invited to provide congressional testimony and to present their information in a variety of venues.

Last Modified: 6/30/2015
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