The Technical Working Group on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (T-AGG) from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions recently released the first in a series of reports designed to help modify agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The report summarizes strategies for managing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle and swine systems and reviews ways to quantify and account for farm-scale implementation of the strategies. The first report is entitled, “Near-Term Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Systems in the United States: Beef, Dairy and Swine Production Systems.” The group acknowledges that although livestock management is a small contributor to overall greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the livestock industry still makes up half of all U.S. agricultural emissions.
The report outlines ways to design agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and reporting programs. It is targeted for use by commodity groups, regulatory agencies, private or voluntary markets and registries. Download the report at http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/ecosystem/land/near-term-options-for-reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-livestock-systems-in-the-united-states .