Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 21, 2009
Publication Date: August 21, 2009
Citation: Reicosky, D.C. 2009. Importance and Update of Direct Seed Certification Programs in North America. In: Proceedings of XVII Congress of AAPRESID, August 19-21, 2009, Rosario, Argentina. p. 109-116. Technical Abstract: Conservation agriculture (CA) and agricultural carbon (C) sequestration may be one of the most cost-effective ways to slow processes of global warming. As part of no-regret strategies, practices that sequester soil C help reduce soil erosion and improve water quality and are consistent with more sustainable and less chemically-dependent agriculture. A clear understanding of social, economic and environmental benefits of direct seeding (DS) in CA requires some form of standards for agricultural production. It is no longer enough for meat and vegetables to look and taste fresh, but it is more and more important to know where the food comes from, how it was produced, and who are involved in the various phases of the production chain. Certification of the standards will be expected and required by the consumer. There is a need to develop an international "certification program" for crops produced under CA with specific emphasis on DS or no-till production methods. The success of the implementation and certification process requires commitment from all levels and functions of the farm production system, especially from the farmer to the consumer. The sum of each individual benefit from certification adds to a total package with major significance on a global scale. Incorporating a DS certification system and C storage in CA planning demonstrates concern for our global resources and presents a positive role for CA that will have a major impact on our future quality of life.