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Increasing the agricultural sequestration of carbon is an important stop-gap measure for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide, even though the agricultural sector is not the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, scientists and other experts told a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee.

The 8 July hearing was held to examine the potential for such sequestration. Agricultural soils can sequester carbon, but can also release it to the atmosphere; for example, through poor land management practices.