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United States participants in the 2018 GRA Council Meeting and associated events.

“There are opportunities to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration by improving efficiency and productivity of agricultural systems through improved management practices and technologies. This can also help to build the resilience and adaptive capacity of these systems to meet the increasing demand for food in a sustainable manner.” Joint Ministerial Statement



The United States is:

  • a founding Member of the GRA
  • a past GRA Council Chair (2015-6)
  • Co-Chair of the Croplands Research Group
  • A major research contributer to the GRA research groups


The United States supports GRA activities

The US has hosted recent GRA meetings:

  • 2017 Livestock Research Group annual meeting in Washington DC
  • 2016 Croplands Research Group annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2016 Americas subgroup meeting of the Paddy Rice Research Group in Stuttgart, Arkansas

The US has contributed to the development of the GRA, its networks, and related databases:

  • Emergence of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases editorial, printed in Carbon Management, Volume 2 (2011).
  • Development of the Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Network (MAGGnet)
  • Development and implementation of the Croplands Research Group Publication Database, supported by Kansas State University.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology GRA Fellowship Program provides three-month fellowships to select scientists in GRA member developing countries. A US-Canada Memorandum of Understanding on agroforestry systems supports the work of the GRA.

USA activities align with the GRA

The USDA Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) Climate Change Program Office (CPPO) coordinates USDA  efforts on global change program and policy issues

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducts ongoing activities:

  • Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR)
  • Greenhouse gas Reduction through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement network (GRACEnet)
  • Nutrient Use and Outcome Network (NUOnet)

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports climate change mitigation and adaptation research. The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts research and evaluation on climate change impacts on society.

The United States is represented in the GRA through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and supports the GRA through participation in the research groups listed below:

Genevieve Croft

U.S Point of Contact


Mark Liebig

Croplands Research Group (USA co-chair)


April Leytem

Livestock Research Group


Arlene Adviento-Borbe

Paddy Rice Research Group


Marlen Eve

U.S Team Leader


James Dobrowolski

Integrative Research Group