Managing Soil Organic Carbon: A Farm Perspective

Ingram, Julie and Mills, Jane and Frelin-Larsen, Ana and Davis, McKenna and Merante, Paulo and Ringrose, Sian and Molnar, Andras and Sánchez, Berta and Bahadur Ghaley, Bhim and Karaczun, Zbigniew (2014). Managing Soil Organic Carbon: A Farm Perspective. "Eurochoices", v. 13 (n. 2); pp. 12-19. ISSN 1478-0917.


Title: Managing Soil Organic Carbon: A Farm Perspective
  • Ingram, Julie
  • Mills, Jane
  • Frelin-Larsen, Ana
  • Davis, McKenna
  • Merante, Paulo
  • Ringrose, Sian
  • Molnar, Andras
  • Sánchez, Berta
  • Bahadur Ghaley, Bhim
  • Karaczun, Zbigniew
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Eurochoices
Date: August 2014
Volume: 13
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Farming practices that lead to declining returns and inputs of carbon to soils pose a threat to key soil functions. The EU FP 7 interdisciplinary project Smart SOIL is using scientific testing and modeling to identify management practices that can optimize soil carbon storage and crop productivity. A consultation with advisors and policymakers in six European case study regions seeks to identify barriers to, and incentives for, uptake of such practices. Results from preliminary interviews are reported. Overall advisor and farmer awareness of management practices specifically directed towards soil carbon. is low. Most production- related decisions are taken in the short term, but managing soil carbon needs a long- term approach. Key barriers to uptake of practices include: perceived scientifi c uncertainty about the effi cacy of practices; lack of real life ?best practice? examples to show farmers; diffi culty in demonstrating the positive effects of soil carbon management practices and economic benefi ts over a long time scale; and advisors being unable to provide suitable advice due to inadequate information or training. Most farmers are unconvinced of the economic benefi ts of practices for managing soil carbon. Incentives are therefore needed, either as subsidies or as evidence of the cost effectiveness of practices. All new measures and advice should be integrated into existing programmes to avoid a fragmented policy approach.

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