Carbon & Forages


Carbon stored in the soil improves farm profitability, soil health and offsets fossil fuel emissions. The more carbon we can store in soils, the less greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere.

How do Alberta’s pastures impact Carbon?

Over 39% of the farmland in Alberta is perennial forage. Carbon sequestration is a major benefit provided by Alberta’s pastures and farmers want to implement more effective pasture management practices that will increase carbon storage.

However, we don’t yet understand how to optimize carbon sequestration in pastures. There is so much to learn!  

  •          How much carbon is released when pasture land is converted to cropland?

  •          How does spring applied fertilizer affect carbon?

  •          How does late fall grazing affect carbon?               

Farmers and Scientists are finding the answers

ARECA is working with some of the world’s leading scientists to find answers to these questions. We are focusing on enhancing soil carbon storage and farm profitability through good pasture management.

If you want to be part of current initiatives check out Alberta's Rangeland Research Insititue.

Stay tuned for updates on ARECA's Carbon & Forages Project



Here are some great resources and tutorials to help understand the Carbon capture in your pasture:

Potential of Rangelands to Sequester Carbon in Alberta

The Case for Carbon Storage

Rangeland Research Institute (RRI)