Carbon Initiative

Sell carbon credits on your terms, simply and for a fair price, with help from your trusted Corteva advisor.

Use your soil to dig up to an est. $5 - $20/acre/year

There’s lots of noise in carbon, but one voice you trust.

Earn an est. $5-$20/acre/year by introducing cover crops and/or reducing tillage on acres this growing season, or in years to come. Program is available in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa for 2021, and expanding to additional states in 2022.

Click to get started today or join our 2022 waitlist.

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We Give You Confidence

  • Get cash for 100% of your certified credits from Corteva when they are issued
  • Earn marketable credits certified by ESMC info icon
  • Rest assured that we have guaranteed buyers for your credits
  • Know the data you share with Granular is protected by Granular’s data privacy policy
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We Built in Flexibility

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Commit for 2 years, with no upfront fees

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Decide how much carbon to store based on your field plan and desired impact

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After 2 years, stay with Corteva or choose a preferred buyer from the 60+ companies in the ESMC marketplace

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We Keep It Simple

Choose your practices and
select your fields

Let Corteva run soil samples
at no cost to you

Use Granular Insights to
securely log practices

Earn carbon credits quantified
and verified by ESMC

Get paid cash for your credits from
Cortva at $15/ton of CO2E
(est. $5-$20/acre/year)

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Better Soil = Bigger Returns

You know what managing soil carbon can do — it improves soil structure and soil health, increases crop
resilience, and can even reduce input costs. Now get paid for it.

See how farmers nationwide are using soil health to increase their bottom line.

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FAQ

The Corteva Carbon Initiative puts farmers first.

  • Get cash for your certified credits, not rewards dollars
  • Get paid for 100% of your certified credits when they are issued, not 50%
  • Earn marketable credits verified by ESMC
  • Commit for 2 years, not 5 to 10 years
  • After 2 years, choose to continue with Corteva or work with +60 companies in the ESMC marketplace
  • Use data you already collect through Granular Insights™, a free digital tool offered by Corteva
  • Know the data you share in Granular Insights is protected by Granular’s data privacy policy
  • Rely on your current trusted team, not a new advisor
The program is available in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa for 2021, and expanding to additional states and crop types in 2022. If you live in Illinois, Indiana or Iowa, you can sign up, or if you live outside the targeted launch geography, join the 2022 waitlist at corteva.com/carbon.

To be eligible for Corteva’s Carbon Initiative, you must have an approved practice as outlined below.

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We know that farmers who have been implementing regenerative practices play a key role in improving soil health. Unfortunately, carbon credit buyers are specifically looking for new practice changes when purchasing credits with the intention of only paying for net-new carbon sequestered into the soil. Our market research confirms this buyer sentiment; therefore, farmers must conduct a practice change in order to qualify. Continuing an existing practice (i.e., cover cropping or strip or no-till) with no additional practice change does not make you eligible. We do not offer carbon credits for historical practices at this time.
Yes. In addition to meeting the approved practice eligibility requirements, you must show that you will farm the land through the duration of the 2-year commitment and that your landowner agrees to and acknowledges your participation in our Carbon Initiative.
Through Corteva’s Carbon Initiative, you will receive $15 per metric ton of carbon (CO2e) that you sequester in the soil. Typically, you could earn an estimated $5-$20/acre/year depending on your soil and practices change. Corteva will pay you in cash for 100% of the certified credits you generate when they are issued.
By participating in Corteva’s Carbon Initiative, you will log your practice changes in Granular Insights. This data is shared with the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), who will quantify your soil carbon storage and certify your credits. ESMC is an independent nonprofit that works in collaboration with 60+ public and private organizations spanning the food supply chain. ESMC is launching an ecosystem services market to reward farmers and ranchers for their efforts to improve soil health.

ESMC is an independent third party that quantifies your soil carbon storage and certifies your credits. ESMC is an independent nonprofit that works in collaboration with 60+ public and private organizations spanning the food supply chain. ESMC is launching an ecosystem services market to reward farmers and ranchers for their efforts to improve soil health.

With ESMC, the Corteva Carbon Initiative can give farmers confidence that their credits are independently verified to meet carbon buyer requirements.

Corteva will conduct and pay for carbon-specific soil sampling in the fall after harvest 2021. This sampling comes at no cost to you and will only measure carbon in the soil. It will not include other fertility or soil testing.

You are not responsible for the cost of ESMC’s certification.
When you enroll in Corteva’s Carbon Initiative, you commit for two years to implement and maintain eligible practices. After two years, you have the option to continue with Corteva or choose your preferred buyer from the 60+ companies in the ESMC marketplace.

Our program requires three years of historical field data plus data for the current crop year. Specifically, this includes:

  • As-planted data by crop type, date
  • Fertilizer application data covering products, rates, type and date
  • Tillage data (if applicable) by type/implement and date
  • Harvest data covering yield, date and harvest product
  • Cover Cropping (if applicable) by type, planting and termination date, and termination type

We believe transparency in data collection is critical, and have strict data privacy policies in place to protect our customers.

By participating in the Carbon Initiative, you will log your practice changes in Granular Insights. This data is shared with ESMC, who will quantify your soil carbon storage and certify your credits.

The data that you share with Granular, and by extension ESMC, is protected by both Granular and ESMC’s data privacy policies. Please find the Granular data privacy policy here. ESMC’s policy is outlined below:

“Producers’ individual personal information, e-mail address, field and management data, and modeling results will be kept secure and confidential until the producer provides explicit permission for that information to be shared. ESMC staff and contractors are bound by a Data Usage Agreement and are only allowed access to information necessary to generate assets. ESMC will not share or sell any producer information with any third party unless producers specifically agree to a data-sharing option. All producer data is owned by the producer, not ESMC.”

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