The USDA gave the U.S. Department of Energy new accounting rules and guidelines for reporting greenhouse-gas emissions and carbon sequestration in the forest and agriculture sectors. The revised voluntary reporting program gives agriculture and forest landowners the ability to quantify and record actions that have greenhouse-gas reduction benefits. These actions include using no-till agriculture, installing a waste digester, improving nutrient management and managing forestland.

The program also provides opportunities for agriculture and forestry to partner with industry in developing actions to reduce greenhouse gases.

The guidelines will be published in the Federal Register for a 60-day public-comment period and are expected to become effective 180 days from publication. Two public workshops are planned to discuss the revisions. For more information on these workshops and on the guidelines, follow this link.