Senator suggests building climate mitigation on USDA conservation programs

By Chuck Abbott,  March 23, 2021 FacebookTwitterEmail The government should use USDA conservation programs as the starting point for climate mitigation on the farm and “tread lightly” with unproven ideas like a carbon bank, said the senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Arkansas Sen. John Boozman cautioned that climate-smart practices may be too expensive for some producers to adopt. …

Vilsack/USDA’s plan to create an offsets system under the Commodity Credit Corp

Vilsack/USDA’s plan to create an offsets system under the Commodity Credit Corp. We should discuss this and comments on the broader USDA request for comments mentioned in the article during our next call. https://thefern.org/ag_insider/vilsack-says-a-carbon-bank-fits-into-usdas-portfolio/ Vilsack says a carbon bank fits into USDA’s portfolio March 22, 2021 The USDA has the authority to create a so-called carbon bank to encourage climate …

Cutting Out Beef Could Cut Agricultural Land Use In Half: Going vegan would reduce it by three-quarters.

By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, March 05, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Treehugger has been writing about the problems of meat forever, we have been pitching vegetarian and vegan diets for years as a way of reducing one’s carbon footprint, and we keep writing posts about reducing our intake of meat. But it is a hard sell; as Bill Gates writes in his new book, “I can see …

Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

‘Sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop

Adaptive solar shade system means horticulturalists can smell the roses DECEMBER 8, 2020 MARIAN WILLUHN, PV Mag Researchers have modelled the effects of various PV module arrangements on a greenhouse used for rose growing in Iran’s Shiraz region. The team determined a ‘sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop. Researchers claim to …

Soil respiration is stimulated by climate warming: Temporal changes in global soil respiration since 1987

A new study on soil respiration (the release of carbon from soil) finds that rates increased between 1987 and 1999, but remained unchanged between 2000 and 2016. Soil respiration is “stimulated by climate warming”, but according to the paper, the “magnitude and dynamics of such stimulations” is still highly uncertain. The steady rate of soil respiration from the year 2000 …

Solar park built on rough wooden structures in France

French cooperative Céléwatt and engineering company Mécojit are building a new, 250 kW solar park in southwestern France. The solar panels are installed on a raw wood structure, sourced from the surrounding forests, to promote local employment and a regional natural resource. NOVEMBER 16, 2020 GWÉNAËLLE DEBOUTTE Some 600 oak wooden structures were used in the solar plant. Image: CéléWatt Share …

Combining solar and agriculture can increase the productivity of arable land by up to 60%: Enel Green Power is doing it in the US

November 20th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  Often, solar installations compete with agriculture for arable land, which has led many researchers and energy developers to seek ways to combine the two so land can remain in productive use while also providing solar energy. Germany’s Frauhofer ISE has been a leader in this area and determined that combining solar and agriculture can increase the productivity of …

Why Democrats Keep Losing Rural Counties Like Mine

Nov/Dec 2020 I’m the chair of the local Democratic Party in a Wisconsin county that Donald Trump won. It wasn’t for a lack of progressive organizing. It was because national Democrats have failed communities like mine. The real story is that rural people feel our way of life is being sold off. We see the wealth of our sweat and …

The largest 1% of the world’s farms operate 70% of farmland and form the core of production for the corporate food system, amid increasing concentration of power and land inequality

The report outlines a number of possible steps: democratize land governance; strengthen land-related regulation; invest in well-functioning land registries; strengthen transparency and monitoring of land holdings; legally enforce responsible corporate practice; protect common and customary rights; recognize and protect women’s land rights (and Indigenous land rights); respect and strengthen civil society institutions and capacities; build more sustainable and equitable production …