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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE SYSTEMS TO REDUCE ATMOSPHERIC EMISSIONS AND INCREASE RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE Title: Accounting for windbreak's climate change contributions

Authors
item Schoeneberger, Michele -
item Brandle, Jim -
item Zhou, Xinhua -
item Kort, John -
item Sauer, Thomas

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 26, 2012
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Regional climate change (CC) scenarios call for increased frequency and intensity of drought and storm events. For the North American Great Plains Region this means producers will be even more at the whim of shifting weather patterns and other stressors that may be exacerbated by CC. Options are being called for that can help producers address the challenge of meeting the growing global food/feed/fiber demand under uncertain climate - in a way that reduces agriculture’s contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while still maintaining producer livelihoods (GRA: www.globalresearchalliance.org). Agroforestry is being promoted as one of the CC mitigation and adaptation tools for agriculture in the United States and Canada. Since the Dust Bowl days, windbreaks have been a CC tool to assist crop and livestock production in the Great Plains. Accounting for their contributions to CC mitigation and adaptation is needed as a means to assess the value of these services and to translate these contributions into some type of return to the producers; be it payments and/or enhanced production. Carbon (C) sequestration in windbreak systems will be discussed in terms of tool development to estimate this CC mitigation activity. Additionally, indirect C benefits conferred by these systems will be discussed in the context of building towards the bigger picture of the net GHG impact these systems may have within a producer’s operations.

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