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Research Project: Know Your Carbon Landscape: Data for Consistent Monitoring of Soil Carbon Monitoring

Location: Agroecosystems Management Research

Project Number: 5030-13000-012-017-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 6, 2023
End Date: Sep 30, 2027

To quantify the levels of organic carbon stored in the soil and monitor the change in soil carbon stocks before and after the implementation of a conservation practice or conservation plan; and in parts to contribute to a curriculum geared toward agricultural extension professionals to lead workshops for agricultural producers for assessing and developing healthy soils on their farms.

Step 1: Relate the history of management practices to Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stocks. Step 2: Use the knowledge gained from different practices to inform producers to implement the Soil Organic Carbon Stock Measurement Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activity (CEMA 221) on all land uses where a change in management or vegetation is expected to impact soil organic carbon levels. Step 3: Coordinate with cooperator, on how to train qualified individuals and/or producers to incorporate data from the Soil Organic Carbon Stock Monitoring Activity into USDA protocols and calculators. Step 4: Perform Soil health assessments that integrate SOC monitoring into existing frameworks, like Soil Management Assessment Framework (SMAF).