Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Environment, Greenhouse Gas, This Land of Ours, USDA-EPA

Agriculture again reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.


New data released this month from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows agriculture decreased its greenhouse gas emissions in 2022. The EPA recently released the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Economist Danny Munch explains the results.


“Overall greenhouse gas emissions from all sources increased by 1.3 percent between 2021 and 2022, though agricultural emissions dropped 1.8 percent, and that’s the largest decrease of any economic sector,” he said.

 2022 marks the lowest U.S. agricultural greenhouse gas emissions since 2012. The EPA categorizes agricultural emissions by crop cultivation, livestock and fuel combustion that occurs in the industry.


“Crop cultivation emissions were down six million metric tons from 2021. When we look at livestock, they were down 2.1 percent, or six million metric tons from 2021. Emissions from fuel combustion in ag were down one million metric tons, or 1.2 percent,” he said.

 The data also shows the productivity gains in agriculture.

“While the U.S. population has grown by over 80 million since 1990, per capita agriculture emissions have dropped 20 percent, and when you adjust that for total productivity gains, it drops to 25 percent over the 20-year period,” he said.

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Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and public speaker who specializes in agriculture. She primarily reports on legislative issues and hosts The AgNet Weekly podcast. Sabrina is a native of California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley.