A role for agriculture in addressing climate change

I noted today that the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) has issued a position statement on climate change. I appreciate that my agronomist friends are old hands at understanding the carbon and nitrogen cycles. It seems they are encouraging practices that mitigate effects as well as practices that allow agriculture to adapt to our changing environment.

Who is the SWCS?  From their website:

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization — founded in 1943 — that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy.  SWCS has over 5,000 members around the world.  They include researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Our members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions.  SWCS chapters throughout the United States and Canada conduct a variety of activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. These 75 chapters represent the grassroots element of the organization.  Each chapter elects its own officers, organizes conservation forums, and formulates local recommendations on land and water conservation issues.

In a related journal article, authors present discussion of the effects of different management practices have on green house gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration, and a summary of practices to consider to help agriculture adapt to changes in climate.  There are several other links provided in the press release.