USDA Calls for Nitrogen Reductions in its Climate Change Program

by spogburn — last modified Mar 31, 2010 12:18 PM

New USDA grant program seeks projects that can work toward reducing N fertilizer use on farms.

The California Nitrogen Assessment's work now officially feeds into the research agenda of the United States Department of Agriculture.

In its recent call for proposals, the USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Climate Change Initiative

cited its goal to "reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent (based on 2010 usage)," by 2030, and it seeks research projects that will help farmers and U.S. agriculture meet those goals.

The work of the California Nitrogen Assessment, which will analyze and highlight efficiencies and inefficiencies in nitrogen fertilizer use, will look at options for agriculture in California to meet or exceed these 2030 targets in a way that continues to support California's robust agricultural economy and the state’s leadership in creating a sustainable future for agriculture.

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