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CAPCOA approves new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association has announced the approval of a new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol that recruits ranchers in the fight against climate change.The new protocol involves sustainable land management practices that help store atmospheric carbon in the soil through a process of applying compost to rangelands. Thepractice helps reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases through enhanced photosynthetic capture of carbon dioxide from the air, generates tradable offset credits for ranchers and enhances the productivity and water holding capacity of rangelands. 

 

Read the press release from CAPCOA »

 

MCP Honored as American Carbon Registry Presents Annual Awards to Celebrate Outstanding Environmental Achievements

The award went to the four entities that developed a first-of-a-kind carbon offset methodology to quantify emissions reductions from the application of compost to rangelands: Terra Global Capital, Environmental Defense Fund, Marin Carbon Project and Silver Lab at U.C. Berkeley. The methodology was developed by Terra Global Capital with support from the other awardees and was funded by USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program, which aims to stimulate the adoption of innovative approaches to environmental stewardship in the agriculture sector.
Read the press release from the American Carbon Registry »

American Carbon Registry Approves Rangeland Compost Protocol

The American Carbon Registry, which oversees the creation of carbon offset protocols and the registration of carbon offset projects, has approved a protocol, Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands, which was researched and proposed by MCP and our partners. Ranchers will now be able to sell offset credits for sequestering carbon on grazed grasslands.
Read the press release from Environmental Defense Fund >>

MCP Receives USDA grant for carbon farming

The Marin Resource Conservation District in collaboration with MCP received a $75,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from US Department of Agriculture to support MCP’s carbon farming efforts this coming year.  NRCS continues to be an central partner in MCP’s work and this grant specifically will help integrate carbon into NRCS’ conservation planning.
Read USDA’s announcement of 2013 CIG awards in California >>

AB32 Scoping Plan Incorporates Agriculture and Rangelands

On Oct. 1 the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released its revised Scoping Plan under AB32.  ARB serves as the lead agency implementing the climate change goals for the State of California established under AB32.  MCP and its allies have work hard over the last year to make sure climate-friendly agricultural practices, including rangeland carbon strategies, were included as strategic actions within the Scoping Plan, which will be considered for approval by ARB’s board in the early 2014.  We are happy to report that agriculture, in general, and rangelands, specifically, are included in the current draft version of the Scoping Plan.  
View draft Scoping Plan [note Section 3 (Agriculture) and Section 6 (Natural and Working lands) for discussion of rangelands] >>  

MCP Meets with Senior Staff at CalRecycle and ARB

On Oct. 28 MCP met with senior staff at CalRecycle (California's lead agency for waste management, including compost) and the Air Resources Board (ARB is the lead agency for air quality and climate change) to review the science and understanding of compost and the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with its production and use.  Dr. Marcia Delonge from the Silver lab at UC Berkeley, who has worked with MCP on quantifying the total amount of GHGs from the rangeland compost practice, presented MCP’s research on rangelands and compost along with researchers from UC Davis and ARB. 

The goal of the meeting was to develop priority research areas for compost to guide the State’s investment in climate-related research.  Over the last year, MCP has continued to meet with senior staff at CalRecycle, the Department of Conservation (who provides support for agricultural land protection and conservation), CA Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Air Resources Board to educate them on rangeland carbon practices and how they might support ranchers and farmers to implement them as part of the State’s effort to address climate change through soil carbon sequestration (what we like to call “carbon farming”).  Please connect to our Policy section to keep up-to-date on MCP's continued work with CalRecycle, ARB, and other state agencies on carbon farming and climate.  

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