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Secretary Ross at UN Climate Change Conference in Germany

By CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

An interesting “first” for me, participating in the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. After arriving in Bonn on Saturday, I gave a brief presentation to a meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, with representatives from a great cross-section of countries promoting climate smart ag practices by farmers and ranchers.

We asked the the same question we were asking at our September 2018 climate event in California: how to scale up practices that we know sequester carbon and produce co-benefits like improved water holding capacity for drought resilience, improved nutrient cycling to prevent leaching, and prevent soil erosion. Most important: partnering with farmers and ranchers to adopt soil health practices will secure their long-term productivity and food security for a growing world population!

Tomorrow I speak at a workshop at the conference.

Link to CDFA climate smart agriculture programs

The Rhine River in Bonn.
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