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Feb

Carbon Farming Webinar Recap & Upcoming Field Day

The Yolo Carbon Farm Partnership hosted the first part of a two-part Carbon Farming workshop series to showcase on-farm strategies to improve soil health and increase the amount of carbon stored in plants and soil. The Yolo Carbon Farm Partnership is a collaborative between the Carbon Cycle Institute, the Center for Land-Based Learning, the Yolo Land Trust, and Yolo County Resource Conservation District.

The two-part series kicked off with an online webinar on February 22, 2024 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. A webinar recording is available here and notes are available below:

0:00-3:42: Welcome from Conor Higgins, Project Manager, Yolo County Resource Conservation District

3:42-14:40: Partner Introductions & Overview of the Partnership Partner representatives from the Yolo County Resource Conservation District, Center for Land-Based Learning, Yolo Land Trust, and Carbon Cycle Institute introduce their organizations and their role in the partnership. Kristen Wraithwall from the County of Yolo provides context for the partnership and how it relates to the county’s sustainability goals.

14:40- 52:27: Introduction from Carbon Cycle Institute- Overview and Background of Carbon Farm Planning – Jeff Creque & Lynette Niebrugge Jeff and Lynette provided an overview and background on carbon farm planning, its role in agriculture and the carbon cycle. Presenters discussed why carbon farming is important to incorporate in agriculture and data supporting the case for carbon farming including co-benefits and associated practices. The presentation continues with an explanation of the carbon farming process, available carbon farming tools, and the wider impacts carbon farming can have when scaled up.

52:27-1:06:24: Q & A from Jeff and Lynette’s Presentation

1:06:04-1:22:10: Overview of Resources and Leveraging Partnerships – Conor Higgins and Amy Williams, Project Managers, Yolo County RCD Conor and Amy discussed possible funding available at the federal and state level as well as nonprofit/private organizations and tribal partners. Additionally, opportunities for partnerships were highlighted and the RCD talked about how it can facilitate those collaborations.

1:22:10 – end: Wrap Up — Last minute questions, reminder for upcoming Carbon Farm Planning Field Day on March 7, 2024, CEU QR Code for credits, and optional survey

The series continues on March 7, 2024 from 9 am to 2 pm with an in-person field day at Center for Land-Based Learning’s the Maples Farm where attendees will see and interact with carbon farm practices that are implemented on the farm. An agenda for the field day is available, here. Lunch will be provided and CEUs are available:

      • CCA CEUs (0.5 nutrient management, 1 soil & water management, 2.5 sustainability)
To register, visit tinyurl.com/CFPfieldday. For questions about carbon farming or the Carbon Farm Planning series, please reach out to Conor Higgins, RCD Mobile Irrigation Lab Manager, at higgins@yolorcd.org or call 530-661-1688 x 4. Carbon Farm Planning Field Day Presentation