3 Does carbon
make sense for me?
Carbon Program Eligibility
To be eligible for a carbon program, you have to introduce new soil health practices. Before you sign up, ask yourself three important questions:
1 What’s my agronomic goal?
Farmers are in the business of growing crops, not carbon. If you’re committed to improving soil health through new practices and reaping the long-term financial and agronomic benefits, then a carbon program will make sense for you.
As with any practice change, introducing soil health practices can require trial and error.
Soil health practices require a longer-term commitment to reap the benefits and have an impact.
Payments from a carbon program will offset some, not all, of the costs associated with new practice changes.
2 Can I introduce one or more of these
eligible practices on my farm?
3 Are these new practices?
Eligible practice(s) must be introduced within the prior crop season to satisfy “additionality” requirements.
Carbon credits must reflect “net-new” carbon sequestered or emissions prevented through new practice changes — beyond what was happening in that field before the new practice.
Buyers are under pressure to make a meaningful impact and must ensure their dollars are going towards new or additional carbon sequestered.
What if you introduced these practices years ago?
You still have options.
To be eligible for a carbon program, you can:
Implement eligible practices on new acres
Add another practice to existing acres
Diversify your crop mix