By Claire O’Connor Agriculture is on the front lines of climate change . Whether it’s the a seven-year drought drying up fields in California, the devastating Midwest flooding in 2019 , or hurricane after hurricane hitting the Eastern Shore, agriculture and rural communities are already feeling the effects of a changing climate. Scientists expect climate change to make these extreme weather events both more frequent and more intense in coming years. Agriculture is also an important — in fact a necessary — partner in fighting climate change . The science is clear: We cannot stay beneath the most dangerous climate thresholds without sequestering a significant amount of carbon in our soils . Agricultural soils have the potential to sequester, relatively inexpensively, 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gasses annually — equivalent to the annual emissions of 64 coal fired power plants , according to National Academy of Sciences. But we can’t get there without engaging farmers, turning a source of emissions into a carbon sink. Here are just a few of the ways the Natural Resources Defense Council works to encourage climate-friendly farming: Creating New Incentives for Cover Crops: Cover crops are planted in between growing seasons […]

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