The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences has launched a new initiative, Climate Adaptation through Agriculture and Soil Management (CASM). Made possible through a generous private gift, CALS faculty will research solutions for capturing greenhouse gases, using biochar to boost soil health and capture carbon and addressing saltwater intrusion on agricultural land.
Rod Rejesus, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics joined the Saltwater Intrusion Team, led by Matt Ricker. Rejesus, who researches the economic impact of climate change and soil health on farm-level income, will determine the effects of saltwater intrusion on yield and profitability on farms on in eastern North Carolina. After evaluating the economic impact, Rejesus will assess the results in an effort to determine how agricultural policy could address the issue.
You can listen to his talk to learn more.