A new study from the U.S. EPA showed that U.S. agriculture represents just under 10% of total U.S. emissions compared to other economic sectors.

Overall, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions increased from 2021 to 2022 by 1.3%, while agricultural emissions dropped 1.8%.

Agriculture ranks better than transportation (28%), electric power (25%) and the industrial sector (23%) for percentage of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022 report.

According to The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Daniel Munch, the nearly 2% drop in U.S. agricultural emissions from 2021 to 2022 highlights the success and continued importance of voluntary, market- and incentive-based conservation practices.

Other contributing factors include the contraction of the cattle herd, the spike in fertilizer prices and the reduction in corn acres, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Ben Lilliston.

Read more about the latest ag emissions report here.