POL.125-The New NRCS Soil Carbon Standard–What Does It Mean?-AC23.USCC

The purpose of the NRCS Soil Carbon Amendment Practice Standard (336 and 808) is to use amendments derived from plant or animal residues to Improve or maintain soil organic matter, sequester carbon and enhance soil carbon (C) stocks, improve soil aggregate stability, and Improve habitat for soil organisms. The practice can be applied to Crop, Pasture, Range, Forest, Associated Agriculture Lands, Developed Land, and Farmsteads where organic carbon amendment applications will improve soil conditions. The practice standard was first published on an interim basis as Code 808 in April 2020. After more than two years of field implementation and considerable public comment in June 2022, the practice was finalized in November 2022 as Code 336. There are more than 20 payment scenarios that allow agricultural producers to receive financial assistance for implementing the practice. The scenarios and payment rates vary by state. Since it is a new practice standard, the payment scenarios are being evaluated and modified on a yearly basis, The payment scenarios include compost produced on-site or transported from off-site facilities. A detailed Soil Carbon Amendment Plan must be prepared and implemented before producers can receive a financial assistance payment from NRCS. The Plan needs to contain soil health resource concerns, soil health tests, maps, photos, a soil survey, plant information, a soil amendment analysis, application details and a monitoring plan. Also included in the presentation will be an overview of how the Soil Carbon Amendment practice standard has been planned and used in California since it was first instituted.
Speakers: Holly Shiralipour
Duration: 19 minutes
Credits: 0.5
Member Price: $30.00
Non-Member Price: $52.50
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