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We are here to send a strong message to the world that we are taking a historical and meaningful step in addressing the most important issue of our time.”– USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. View the entire statement from the USDA Secretary on 16 Dec 2009 at: Release No. 0615.09

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

See and hear Croplands Research Group Co-Chair, Steven Shafer, speak about planned activities at the Second Senior Officials Meeting in Versailles France in March 2011: Video from Paddy Rice and Croplands Research Groups

Speech by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on the GRA and other issues with China.
View statement at: Release No. 0497.11

Joint statement on USA-UK Higher Education, Science, and Innovation Collaboration from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron.
View statement at: 25 May 2011

Joint statement from US State Department, USDA, and USAID on the development of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture to support the activities of the GRA: Joint Statement

The USA supports the Global Research Alliance with involvement in each of the following research groups:

Jane Johnson

Croplands Research Group, USA as co-chair of the group

Mark Powell

Livestock Research Group

David Gealy

Paddy Rice Research Group

Nancy Cavallaro

Integrative Research Group

Marlen Eve

Integrative Research Group

Alliance Support

Alliance activities directly supported by the USA

Emergence of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, editorial printed in Carbon Management, Volume 2 (2011).
View the article online

Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program fellowships to support scientists from Alliance-member developing countries to work side-by-side with U.S. scientists on climate change mitigation research for up to 3 months in the USA.  Administered by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development.

More Information on the Borlaug Fellowship

Development and implementation of the Croplands Research Group Publication Database, supported by Kansas State University.  A publication describing the development process is: Olsen L, Baillargeon T, Maringanti H. 2012. Developing an open access croplands research database through global collaboration. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information 13, 35-44.

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Memorandum of understanding between Canada and the USA on agroforestry systems to support the work of the Alliance.
View the statement at: Release No. 0121.12

Development of the Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Network (MAGGnet). Initial step as a database of inventory of published studies containing background information on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and soil organic carbon and nitrogen storage and changes with management. Second step, pending funding, population of the database with actual greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon responses to be used for model development and testing in the GRA. View poster summary: MAGGnet poster Can Soc Soil Sci July 2013.

Climate Change

USDA scientists involved in professional society position statements on climate change