As part of its comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction obligations under state law (AB 32), California has been exploring various approaches to reduce emissions from all sectors, including agriculture. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), which is tasked with designing and implementing California's climate policies, is developng their next scoping report focused on a longer term (beyond 2020) mitigation strategy for the state.
With the encouragement of ARB and the California Department of Food and Agriculture and support from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University has been coordinating an effort by agricultural researchers and other experts to provide scientific and technical analyses on opportunities for greenhouse gas management in the agricultural sector of California.
The purpose of this workshop is to hear updates on the work in progress and provide an opportunity for integration and feedback on the topics that include California's agricultural outlook to 2030, economics of greenhouse gas mitigation from agriculture, mitigation strategies for croplands, rangelands and animal agriculture systems, as well as a stakeholder engagement process.
Presentations from the April 30 Workshop Included:
- Sumner: Agricultural Outlook for California to 2030
- Horwath: Agricultural Mitigation Strategies for Annual and Perennial Crops in California
- Kebreab: Agricultural Mitigation Strategies for Animal Management Systems in California
- Silver: Agricultural Mitigation Strategies for California Rangelands
- Sumner: Economics of GHG Mitigation in California Agriculture