USDA Report is First to Provide Consolidated Data on Conservation Practices by U.S. Farmers
- In a new report, USDA is offering consolidated data on ten years’ worth of GHG-reducing conservation practices in the United States. Agricultural Conservation on Working Lands: Trends from 2004 to Present (PDF, 7.6 MB) combines USDA survey data to track adoption of practices including precision agriculture technologies, nitrogen management, no-till and mulch-till, and cover crop adoption, all of which reduce GHG emissions and/or store carbon in the soil. The report focuses on conservation practices for three major crops: corn, soy, and wheat, and reports trends by region and farm size. The report notes that these practices result in additional benefits, such as reduced production costs, increased yields, and improved soil and water quality.