Greenhouse gases (GHGs), including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), absorb radiation from the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere, effectively acting like a greenhouse or a layer of insulation for Earth. In Canada, 10% of GHG emissions are from crop and livestock production, excluding emissions from the use of fossil fuels or from fertilizer production. In Prince Edward Island, this number increases to 23% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Microcredentials in this series:
By the end of the microcredential, learners will develop farm-specific strategies for their operation that reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration.
The assessment for this microcredential will require learners to develop a plan for their operation that includes:
To develop competency, learners will:
This microcredential introduces the main sources of GHG emissions in agriculture and will assist learners in identifying farm management practices to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon through alternatives to fossil fuels, land management and water management. Based on current research and best practices, learners will develop farm-specific strategies for their farm operations that reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration.