Helping farmers ease global climate change by reducing farm-produced greenhouse gas emissions is the goal of a $3.75 million research grant from the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation to Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The grant is the largest of more than 130 grants totaling $12.45 million announced recently by six charitable foundations established by the Microsoft co-founder. It is also the largest grant ever received by WSU from the Allen Charitable Foundation and the first for ag research.

“We’ll gain a better understanding of how farms trap carbon dioxide in the form of soil carbon, thus potentially removing significant amounts of carbon from our atmosphere,” said David Granatstein, a WSU sustainable agriculture specialist. “Farmers may be able to get paid for this carbon storage, and our project will produce the data necessary to place a value on carbon credits.”