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Agricultural Land Tenure and Carbon Offsets

by Roger Claassen and Mitch Morehart

Economic Brief No. (EB-14) 6 pp, September 2009

Agricultural Land Tenure and Carbon Offsets examines the potential role that land ownership might play in determining the agricultural sector’s involvement in carbon sequestration programs. By estimating the carbon sequestration potential of agricultural producers who own most of the land they operate, this report finds that land ownership should not be a constraining factor in agriculture’s ability to provide carbon offsets.

Keywords: Climate change, carbon sequestration, carbon offsets, cap and trade programs, farmland ownership, tenure, farming practices, conservation practices, Conservation Reserve Program, crops, livestock, environmental services

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Last updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012

For more information contact: Roger Claassen and Mitch Morehart