Tool Helps Producers Estimate Carbon Stowed in Soil
June 14, 2013
A new online tool called COMET-FARM™ enables agricultural producers to calculate how much carbon their conservation actions can remove from the atmosphere.
As collaboration among the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University and USDA’s Climate Change Program Office, COMET-FARM™ will also help producers calculate and understand how land management decisions impact energy use and carbon emissions.
COMET-FARM™ works like this: producers enter information about their land and management using a secure online interface including location, soil characteristics, land uses, tillage practices and nutrient use. Only the producer has access to data inputs and the information calculated by the tool. The tool then estimates carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reductions associated with conservation practices for cropland, pasture, rangeland, livestock operations and energy.
COMET-FARM™ is applicable to all agricultural lands in the lower 48 states. The tool is available for use at www.comet-farm.com. Future model releases are planned by USDA as new methods for calculating greenhouse gas emissions become available.