Study finds cattle may reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ag

635895153671986462-o0516WindIowa and other Corn Belt states could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by raising more cattle and cutting back on traditional crops such as corn and soybeans, according to a study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher.The study reviewed the impact cattle have on greenhouse gas emissions by comparing their environmental footprint with other forms of agriculture. While cattle produce greenhouse gas methane when they chew and digest food, row crops have a bigger impact on the environment because of the increased soil erosion that later results in the release of carbon emissions.Katie Olthoff, a spokeswoman with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, said the group encourages producers to feed their animals using grass or corn depending on what works best for their land and their operation. She added that all cattle start the first few months of their life eating grass. Read more…

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