USDA Climate Hubs
In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced federal initiatives supporting voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Through these efforts, USDA expects to reduce net emissions and enhance carbon sequestration by over 120 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) per year – about 2 percent of economy-wide net greenhouse emissions – by 2025. That's the equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road, or the emissions produced by powering nearly 11 million homes last year.
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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) continues to be a key MCP partner, serving on its Steering Committee.
MCP received a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2013 to demonstrate its rangeland compost practice and to develop a model carbon farm planning process. MCP’s carbon farm plans include numerous NRCS practices that have evidence of their potential to sequester carbon. MCP will work with NRCS to demonstrate the carbon-beneficial attributes of these practices and to ensure they become recognized formally under NRCS conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). To that end, MCP is working with NRCS staff to incorporate rangeland soil carbon into the upcoming COMET FARM tool.
United states Environmenal protection agency (USEPA)
MCP has been working with Region 9 of the USEPA’s Clean Energy and Climate Change Team (led by Ben Machol) for the last several years. The Team had identified rangelands and their potential for sequestering carbon as a priority during their review of climate strategies for Region 9. MCP and USEPA Region 9, under the leadership of Jared Blumenfeld, continue to discuss how agricultural and land management strategies can be advanced in a manner that improves land, water and air quality while addressing issues such as climate change and waste, especially food and organic wastes that constitute a large portion of waste sent currently sent to landfills in California and the U.S.