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Carbon Farming and Ranching

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RCDTC offers Carbon Farm Planning through our non-profit, the Tehama Conservation Fund. See more information on our non-profit website. 

What is Carbon Farming? Carbon (CO2) can be stored long-term (decades to centuries or more) in soils in a process called 'Soil Carbon Sequestration.' Carbon Farming involves implementing on-farm practices that are known to improve the rate at which plants transfer CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it to plant material where it is stored, or sequestered, as soil organic matter. Carbon farming is successful when carbon gains resulting from enhanced land management and/or conservation practices exceed carbon losses.

What are the Benefits of Carbon Farming? Agriculture can significantly contribute to carbon balancing. An increase in soil organic matter on a farm or ranch through Carbon Farming allows for improved water holding capacity, water quality and erosion control, fertility and production, pest and invasives control as well as improved soil tilth.