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Passed Senate amended (10/17/2000)

Carbon Cycle and Agricultural Best Practices Research Act - Amends the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to state that the Department of Agriculture shall be the lead agency with respect to Federal agricultural soil carbon research, including research on agricultural practices to increase soil carbon storage.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Economic Research Service, to analyze the financial impact of the U.S. farm economy under the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements under the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Directs the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, acting through land-grant colleges, to develop a national carbon cycle and agricultural best practices research agenda.

Authorizes the Secretary to designate not more than two carbon cycle and agricultural best practices research consortia. Authorizes FY 2001 through 2005 appropriations.

Directs the Secretary to promote voluntary agricultural best practices that consider soil organic matter dynamics, carbon cycle, ecology, and soil organisms.

Directs the Secretary, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to develop a carbon cycle remote sensing technology program. Authorizes FY 2001 through 2005 appropriations.

Authorizes the Secretary, with respect to producers in conservation programs following agricultural best practices, to: (1) make conservation incentive payments for related research activities; and (2) provide, upon request, educational and technical assistance. Directs the Secretary to provide developing nations with agricultural best practices and natural resource management information. Authorizes FY 2001 through 2005 appropriations.

Directs the Secretary, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a nationwide trace gas system. Authorizes appropriations.