Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/18/2010
Publication Date: 7/18/2010
Citation: Franzluebbers, A.J., Neely, C. 2010. Implications of coservation management of surface soil organic carbon and the environment [abstract]. Soil and Water Conservation Society. Carbon Markets: Expanding Opportunities/Valuing Co-Benefits, July 21, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Soil degradation through soil erosion and soil contamination is a visible sign that management strategies are out of ecological balance. On the other hand, sustainable soil management should be a goal to help achieve long-term development targets for a diversity of communities around the world. Conservation management of agricultural systems through minimal soil disturbance, maintenance of a continuous cover of plants and residues, and diversified rotation of crops and animals with integrated nutrient and pest management is an approach that can build soil organic matter. The accumulation of surface soil organic matter has implications on water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, wildlife, and other valued services to society. This presentation describes in more detail some of the co-benefits of surface soil organic carbon accumulation. Examples from cropland, grassland, and integrated crop-livestock systems will be presented.