Carbon credits for farmers – Get paid for improving your soils

Joining the carbon program now is a great opportunity to future-proof your farm

By participating in the eAgronom Carbon Program, you will:

  • Improve your soil quality – Keep more nutrients in the soil and improve water holding capacity
  • Reduce cost of inputs – Optimise your fuel and fertiliser use
  • Get paid for the Carbon Credits you generate.

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Farmers are the key in the fight against climate change

Agriculture is a major opportunity to reduce air pollution and create carbon sinks.

  • Agriculture (non livestock) generates 15% of the worlds carbon pollution, but this can be reduced through investment in technology and conservative farming practices. 
  • Soil is the largest carbon sink outside of oceans.
  • Carbon removal will be crucial to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Carbon credits program designed for farmers

We understand that farming is complex and unpredictable. It’s hard to make long term commitments when the future seems uncertain. That’s why we have designed a flexible program for farmers that makes participating in the Carbon Program as hassle-free as possible.

Long-term opportunity to increase farm performance

 

  • Increase soil fertility, reduce costs of inputs and earn extra income.
  • The longer you stay in the program, the more you will benefit.

Flexible participation

 

  • You can add fields all the time
  • You can remove fields or exit the program at any time
  • You won’t be penalised if your farm won’t deliver Carbon Removal Units (CRUs)

Backed by science

 

  • Our methodology is developed together with the world’s top soil and carbon scientists and agricultural universities.

Verified Credits

 

  • eAgronom will engage an external auditor to verify the Carbon Removal Units (CRUs) in accordance with the guidelines.
  • Choose when to sell your credits. eAgronom can help broker the sales to carbon credit buyers
  • Certification pending

Advisory by top carbon and agronomic experts

 

  • As a part of eAgronom Carbon Program, you will
    • Receive a detailed audit of the current situation
    • Work with our expert advisors to improve carbon sequestration and reduce emissions (recommended)

Technology to help maximise your benefits and simplify the work

 

  • Tracking carbon footprint with eAgronom is easy and transparent
  • Supported by integrated satellite maps
  • AI-powered crop rotation planning helps to generate the most optimal crop plan

How to reduce atmospheric carbon with farming?

Sequester more carbon into the soil

  • More legumes in the crop rotation
  • Cover crops and under-crops
  • Leave straw and/or animal manure on the field

Reduce emissions – keep more carbon in the soil

  • Minimize tilling
  • Manage soil compaction
  • Optimized and precise mineral fertilization
  • Reduce fuel usage

Benefits of adopting regenerative farming practices

  • Higher levels of soil organic matter.
  • More nutrients in the soil for crops to grow (healthy soils capture more nutrients from your applications).
  • Potential to further optimise fertiliser use and therefore reduce costs.
  • Improved water holding capacity (humidity stays in the soil for longer).
  • Healthy soil is less compact.
  • A carbon credit is a bonus on top of everything else.

How does eAgronom Carbon Program work?

 

1.  Farmer confirms the interest to join the program by signing a pre-agreement.

2.  eAgronom performs the initial farm carbon audit.

3.  Record historical data and make a plan to add new practices.

  • eAgronom Agronomic Advisory Team works with the farmer to develop a holistic plan with a goal to achieve the best financial results, reduce carbon emissions and increase soil carbon levels.
  • The farmer decides to go with the proposed plan or adopt his own choice of practices.

4.  New practices are implemented on the farm and recorded with eAgronom Software.

5.  Calculate impact – eAgronom calculates the carbon credits generated on your farm, based on reduced CO2 emissions and increased carbon levels in the soil.

6.  Farmer receives payment – Credits are sold to corporate buyers and other organisations. Farmer gets paid for the carbon credits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is carbon removal?

A carbon removal represents one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) that has been removed from the atmosphere for a minimum of 10 years.

What is a carbon credit?

A carbon credit is an offset purchased by companies as one way to reduce their impact on the environment. As buyers make large scale commitments to drastically reduce their carbon footprint, they want to purchase carbon credits – which represent greenhouse gases removed or avoided – to drive environmental change beyond what they are capable of today within their own business.

How are carbon credits created?

Carbon credits are created when the carbon project can demonstrate it generated carbon benefits over the baseline, and the results are verified.

What will I need to do to be eligible for carbon credit payments?

  • Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice: adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage or fertiliser use, or diversifying your rotation.
  • Experience an increase in overall carbon sequestered and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on your farm, as determined by eAgronom using your management information.

What kind of practices would I need to change in the farm?

  • Adding cover crops (for the first time, extending the duration, or diversifying your mix)
  • Diversifying your crop rotation
  • Reducing or eliminating tillage
  • Reducing fertiliser (reducing N or switching to injection)

Will there be a full carbon footprint audit of my farm?

Yes, this is done by eAgronom specialists trained in carbon agronomy

What kind of information will I be required to submit?

Management practice information for 3 years of historical as well as current season’s data about planting and harvest dates, fertilizer types, amounts, and application dates, and tillage types and dates, as well as information on cover crop types, dates, and planting and termination methods, and organic amendments where applicable.

How much is a carbon credit worth?

Carbon credit price depends on supply and demand. eAgronom will target potential buyers and negotiates the price. The price depends on what the buyers are willing to pay and on verification and administration costs.

It depends on the individual farm situation how many CO2 offsets a farm can create. In addition, farms save money from optimised fertiliser and fuel use. You will find out your estimated earnings during the audit.

What happens once I have joined the carbon program?

  • You will create a soil sampling plan (which fields and how many samples) with a soil sampling company for the carbon project.
  • Baseline soil samples will be taken from the fields that are enrolled into the project.
  • Relevant data and tasks (such as crop rotation, fuel & fertiliser use) are entered into the eAgronom farm management software, which will report how you progress in creating Carbon Removal Units (CRU’s).
  • You will start implementing your project (as outlined in the carbon practice plan) based on your best effort. In the end, it’s your choice which practices you will implement.
  • You will have the option to also take the Carbon Consulting service from eAgronom. It will help you get the best results across 1) farm profitability, 2) crop yield and 3) carbon credit income. We offer special conditions if you become Carbon Consulting customer.
  • Carbon credits can only be generated after each round of soil sampling (every 3-5 years), but certain buyers may be willing to pre-purchase credits.

Do I have to use eAgronom software when I’m in the carbon program?

Relevant data and tasks (such as crop rotation, fuel & fertiliser use) must be entered into the eAgronom farm management software (FMS), which will report how you progress in creating Carbon Removal Units (CRU’s).

The farmer doesn’t need to use the full program to manage their farm. There will be a special eAgronom FMS package for carbon farmers with no interest in the full software solution.