It doesn’t matter what kind of agriculture you are involved in, soil carbon is the lifeblood of your farm or ranch. Soil microbes feed on it and in exchange soil becomes fertile and productive. This process also provides a valuable service of sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the ground.
The science behind soil carbon sequestration is evolving and not always easy to understand, so we are running a field day on how measuring soil carbon levels work and how to increase those levels on your land.
Location: Irricana Curling Club & Doug and Linda Wray’s Ranch – 302 3rd St. Irricana, AB, T0M 1B0
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
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Rural Routes to Climate Solutions has teamed up with Food Water Wellness Foundation, Pachaterrae, Foothills Forage and Grazing Association and the Wrays Farm for a workshop on how soil carbon sequestration works on agricultural land and how you as a producer can promote it on your land and benefit from it.
Along with a ranchland ecologist and soil microbiologist, we will explore reasons as to why different management practices sequester carbon at different rates. We will be taking core samples that day to see what is happening below ground and understand the system in measuring soil carbon.
Doug and Linda Wray run 300-plus cows and over the years, they have developed year-round grazing strategies such as rotational grazing, early grass varieties, stockpiled grass, bale grazing, swath grazing, and the right mix of livestock. In 2016, Doug Wray was awarded Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s 2016 Leadership Award.
Much is made of agriculture adverse impact on climate change. Promoting soil carbon sequestration is agriculture’s chance to change that narrative to one where farmers and ranchers are playing a leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and restoring our depleted soil.
A field day like this doesn’t come around very often. We hope you can be there!
Food Water Wellness Foundation advances the practice of regenerative agriculture that nurtures a robust ecosystem and healthy soil. The foundation works with farmers, ranchers and researchers understand how soil can be used to mitigate climate change, drought and flood, increase biodiversity and, most importantly, produce healthy food.
Rural Routes to Climate Solutions (#RR2CS) is a program of the Stettler Adult Learning Centre. We empower agricultural producers in Central Alberta with climate solutions that benefit farms and ranches. Our partners include Organic Alberta, Young Agrarians and many farmers across the province!
The Foothills Forage & Grazing Association is a non-profit producer driven group striving to bring innovation, education and regenerative agricultural practices to forage and livestock producers in south-central Alberta through field tours, workshops, conferences, demonstrations, our newsletter and social media platforms.