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AGDAILY: Agriculture Emissions are at Their Lowest in 10 Years

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America’s farmers and ranchers are leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary conservation efforts and market-based incentives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022.

The report shows that American agriculture reduced emissions by almost 2 percent from 2021 to 2022, the most significant decrease of any economic sector.

American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the data in the latest Market Intel, noting, “U.S. agriculture represents just under 10 percent of total U.S. emissions when compared to other economic sectors … By EPA’s own methodology, emissions from agriculture totaled 634 million metric tons in CO2 equivalents, or 9.99 percent of all U.S. emissions, during 2022. This represents a decrease of 1.8 percent, or 12 million metric tons, from 2021 … 2022 marks the lowest U.S. agricultural greenhouse gas emissions since 2012.”

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