Carbon Farm Planning
The TCF was awarded $12,000 from Patagonia to implement Carbon on the Range, a Carbon Farm Planning Process for a Tehama County ranchers. A rancher recruiting campaign, rancher selection criteria, and a selection committee were developed. The Selection Committee members comprised of the NRCS, Point Blue Conservation Science, and the RCDTC, that chose one rancher that was the best fit for the program. Eight applications were received from agricultural producers to participate in this inaugural program.
A Carbon Farm Plan was produced in collaboration with the rancher that serves as a guidance document for the producer to meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration. The Plan features recommended Carbon Farm practices that have the greatest potential for atmospheric carbon capture on their landscape as calculated by COMET-Planner and COMET-Farm online tools.
What is Carbon Farming? Carbon (CO2) can be stored long-term (decades to centuries or more) in soils in a process called 'Soil Carbon Sequestration.' Carbon Farming involves implementing on-farm practices that are known to improve the rate at which plants transfer CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it to plant material and soil organic matter.
What are the Benefits of Carbon Farming? An increase in soil organic matter on a farm or ranch through Carbon Farming allows for improved water holding capacity, water quality and erosion control, fertility and production, pest and invasives control and soil tilth.
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