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USFRA: Common Terms & Statistics

Tuesday, October 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
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From U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

Terminology:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Sustainable Food Systems
  3. Climate Smart Agriculture
  4. Agroecology
  5. Climate Adaptation
  6. Resiliency
  7. Drawdown (carbon)
  8. Net Negative


Statistics:

  1. Agriculture currently produces 8.4 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions. (source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2019. Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, 1990-2016.)
  2. Current soil stocks in the U.S. store as much carbon as about 123.2 billion cars driven for a year. (source: Cavallaro, N.G., Shrestha, R., Birdsey, M.A., Mayes, R.G., Najjar, S.C., Reed, P., … & Zhu, Z. (eds.). (2018). USGCRP, 2018: Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A sustained Assessment Report. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 878 pp.)
  3. Climate smart agriculture technologies available today could drop the agriculture sector’s emissions by 46 percent, resulting in just 3.8 percent of sector emissions in the U.S. New technologies in agriculture could achieve net negative emissions, reducing current levels by 147 percent, resulting in -4.0 percent of total U.S. emissions. (source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.)
  4. Agriculture cycles carbon and represents opportunities for greater sequestration through climate smart agriculture systems. (source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.)
  5. Farmers and ranchers manage 45.5 percent of U.S. land area. (source: American Farmland Trust. (n.d.). WATER. Retrieved from https://www.farmland.org/our-work/areas-of-focus/water)
  6. Farmers and ranchers get 7.8 cents out of every dollar spent on food. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. (2019, March 14), Food Dollar Application.)
  7. We lose 175 acres of farmland every hour, mostly to urban encroachment. (source: American Farmland Trust. (2018, May 9). Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland.)
  8. Over the last two decades, improved management practices have made it possible for farmers and ranchers to reduce soil erosion on cropland by 44 percent. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015. Summary Report: 2012 National Resources Inventory, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC, and Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.)
  9. The United States farm output has increased by 1.48 percent per year between 1948 and 2015, while total farm input use has increased by only .1 percent per year over the same period. (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. (2017, October 10). Summary or Recent Findings. Retrieved from https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/agricultural -productivity-in-the-us/summary-of-recent-findings/)

 


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