The federal government has released a draft report that outlines scientific methods for quantifying greenhouse gas sources and sinks on farms, ranches, and forestry operations. Sources and sinks, for example biomass, soils, and animal production, are addressed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture anticipates that the methods will be used to improve agricultural management practices that affect climate change. Landowners interested in participating in voluntary state and regional greenhouse gas registries could also use these guidelines.

Public comments will be accepted on the report through 11 October 2013. More information is available at


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