The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comment on a new effort to provide tools and guidance for estimating greenhouse gases (GHG). The project will bring together scientific experts from across the USDA, other federal agencies and U.S. research institutions to develop consistent metrics for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon sequestration for farm, ranch and forest operations. The agency's goal is to provide a comprehensive, transparent approach to calculating changes in GHG emissions across all management activities within a farm, ranch or forest operation. This guidance will include ways to estimate the GHG benefit of new technologies.
The agency has been conducting regional and national GHG inventories; and its scientists have worked collaboratively with universities to advance the scientific understanding of agriculture's role in helping to mitigate climate change. The guidance and tools developed for this project will also be useful to USDA in assessing the ecosystem services benefits of current and future conservation programs and initiatives.
Comments to Technical Guidelines and Scientific Methods: Quantifying GHG Emissions and Carbon Sequestration for Agricultural and Forestry Activities (Document ID: USDA_FRDOC_0001-0685 --- http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USDA_FRDOC_0001-0685) are due by April 19, 2011.