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Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Mitigation

The U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors can play an important role in limiting the build-up of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Conservation and land management practices can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide associated with crop and livestock production; increase the quantity of carbon stored in soils and above ground vegetation; and generate renewable fuels that recycle carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

USDA supports a variety of efforts and tools to estimate GHG emissions from agriculture and forestry, and the potential for GHG mitigation through conservation practices and carbon sequestration. USDA regularly releases an inventory of agriculture and forestry emissions and also supports the EPA’s annual GHG inventory.

Tools and Methods