North Carolina State University Begins Climate-Smart Grasslands Project

Extension faculty from North Carolina State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences are participating in a nine-state climate-smart pasture management project led by the University of Tennessee. The project will provide a total of $12.2 million in incentives to 245 collaborating farmers to implement, monitor, and share six different pasture management practices proven to increase soil organic carbon storage; improve soil and water quality; mitigate GHG emissions; and reduce off-farm inputs. Extension specialists and agents will place an emphasis on seeking beginning, veteran, limited resource, and under-represented farmers as farm collaborators, and will prioritize participation in economically distressed counties. In North Carolina, 27 collaborating farms will be selected during 2023. Farmers interested in participating should contact their local county livestock forage Extension agent.