Reports and Publications

Below is a representative sample of publications and reports that NRS has assisted clients in developing:

25x’25 Alliance

Tax Equity Finance Model Report
September 2015
The Model was developed following discussions with multiple rural electric cooperstives that expressed a need for assistance in utilizing tax incentives for developing distributive renewable energy projects.

Energy for Economic Growth Initiative: Pathways for Accelerating and Expanding Distributed Renewable Energy Generation in America
January 2013
This report lists a series of phase 1 findings and phase 2 recommendations for the EEG Initiative

Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Recommendations
April 2013
This report presents key recommendations addressing the impacts of a changing climate and other variables on US Agriculture and forestry in terms of production systems, risk management, ecosystem services, and communications.

Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: The Road Ahead
January 2012
The 25x’25 Adaptation Work Group produced this summary of the anticipated impacts of climate change on the agriculture and forestry sectors.

A National Wood-to-Energy Roadmap
June 2011
In this policy roadmap, 25x’25 Wood-to-Energy Work Group concludes that the focused use of woody biomass to help meet America’s energy needs could increase the nation’s forest land base and improve the environmental services that land provides.

Meeting the Goal: A Progress Report
June 2010
A report that details the progress that has been made to America’s renewable energy production and consumption.

Agriculture and Forestry in a Reduced Carbon Economy: Solutions from the Land A Discussion Guide
April 2009
The 25x’25 Carbon Work Group produced this discussion guide because it is critically important for the agriculture and forestry sectors to become engaged in the carbon/climate change policy discussions that are occurring in and outside of government and to proactively advocate for the enabling policies that will be necessary for their sectors to deliver and be compensated for the carbon reduction services they can and will provide.

25x’25 Sustainability Principles
The sustainability principles were designed to guide the evolution of 25x’25.

25x’25 Action Plan: Charting America’s Energy Future
February 2007
This report provides a policy framework for the realization of the 25x’25 goal and serves as a map for the public and policymakers to use in setting a new course for America.

Chesapeake Bay Commission

Chesapeake Biofuel Policies: Balancing Energy, Economy, and Environment
January 2010
A report that looks deeper into development of the industry within the Bay region and zeroes in on achievable goals and important first-step policies.

Next-Generation Biofuels: Taking the Policy Lead for the Nation
September 2008
Input was drawn from farmers, forest landowners, biofuel developers, environmental and conservation representatives, rural development advocates, agricultural and wood product and petroleum industry representatives, as well as academic and government partners, to develop the policy recommendations presented in this report.

Chesapeake Bay Manure Management Project

Animal Manure Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
December 2010
This report outlines new opportunities to meet nutrient load reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Delmarva Land & Litter Challenge

New Approaches to Poultry Litter Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Win-Win Pathways for Agriculture and the Bay
August 2015
A collaboration of farmers, conservationists, academics, and other stakeholders helped to develop the recommendations in this report that outline win-win solutions for properly utilizing poultry litter and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Native Pollinators in Agriculture Project

Enhancing Pollination Services and Profitability: An Opportunity for U.S. Agriculture
June 2007
A report that outlines the principal findings and recommendations of the Native Pollinators in Agriculture Project

North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA)

Topics 2(e) and 2(f)
April 2020
This submission by NACSAA outlines its recommendations to the UNFCCC KJWA on its fifth and sixth topics, “2(e) Improved Livestock management systems” and “2(f) Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector.”

Enabling Policies Recommended by North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance 
March 2020
This selection of enabling policy recommendations was formulated by NACSAA’s Enabling Policies Team in response to a request for information from stakeholders by U.S. Congress’s House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Topic 2(d)
September 2019
This submission by NACSAA outlines its recommendations to the UNFCCC KJWA on its fourth topic, “2(d) Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.”

Topics 2(b) and 2(c)
May 2019
This submission by NACSAA outlines its recommendations to the UNFCCC KJWA on its second and third topics, “2(b) Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience” and “2(c) Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management.”

Modalities for Implementation
October 2018
This submission by NACSAA outlines its recommendations to the UNFCCC KJWA on its first topic, “2(a) Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work.”

In Response to Decision 4/CP.23
March 2018
This submission by NACSAA outlines its recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on the Climate Change (UNFCCC) upon its Decision 4/CP.23 establishing its first-ever agricultural program, the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA).

Formation Plan
February 2015
This formation plan outlines the objectives and framework for establishing the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA).

North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC Adapt)

Keeping North Carolina Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient: An Adaptive Management Planning Strategy
June 2015
The report was developed by North Carolina farmers and forestry leaders, along with academic, conservation, and government partners, and recognizes the need for an adaptive management strategy to be implemented in the state of North Carolina to keep the state’s agriculture and forestry industries vibrant and resilient in the face of changing climatic conditions.

Ohio Smart Agriculture Project (OSA)

Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land – A Call to Action for Ohio’s Food System and Agricultural Economy
April 2019
The Ohio Smart Agriculture project’s Phase 1 Report provides a farmer-driven blueprint to begin implementing pragmatic, proven, and innovative solutions to challenges confronting Ohio farmers in the face of environmental uncertainty and in support of a food system that benefits producers, the public, and the planet. Read the 50x’50 Challenge, statements of support and news coverage.

Solutions from the Land

Solutions from the Land: Developing a New Vision for United States Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation
March 2013
This report outlines ongoing land management challenges and proposes a vision for producing more agricultural and forestry products and ecosystem services with fewer inputs and environmental impacts. it also offers recommendations for realizing this vision, with several near-term actions that collaborating partners might undertake to accelerate success.

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