Finally, Confidence in Carbon!
The carbon farming program farmers have been waiting for
There’s a lot of skepticism and frustration around carbon farming.
And for good reason. Many programs require costly practice changes, don’t allow legacy cover croppers or no-tillers, and have lengthy wait times for farmers to get paid.
CarbonNOW is different. We built a carbon farming program from the ground up that’s unlike anything else out there. But more importantly, it puts farmers first.
How Does CarbonNOW Work?
We like to say it’s a Win – Win – Win for farmers.
Farmers have the potential to see $$ in 3 ways through CarbonNOW
Watch this webinar to get a more in-depth look at CarbonNOW
How Can Farmers Get Started?
To get started, simply fill out this eligibility form. A member of Locus AG’s CarbonNOW team will be in touch within two business days to determine program approval and next steps.
When Do Farmers Get Paid?
With CarbonNOW, growers get paid twice annually. In the first year, we pay 75% of the annual payment after we’ve collected historic data and soil samples from the farm. The remaining 25% gets paid after year-end data collection.
Here’s a quick overview of what enrollment and first-year payments will look like:
- Answer questions on form
- Receive welcome call from Customer Success Specialist within 48 hours
- No-till/Minimum till fields likely qualifies
Collect Field Enrollment Index (FEI) of Enrolled Fields
- Field name to match field map
- Provide control field considerations
Locus AG CSS Helps Gather Data
- 3-5 years of data required (one full crop rotation)
- Can accept digital or handwritten data
Qualifying Fields Selected
Anew Approves Fields
- Qualification is determined by Anew
- Locus AG products qualify as practice change
- Fields are soil sampled
Total $48/Acre Guaranteed
- $9/acre paid after soil sampling and $3/acre at year-end after data collection
- Paid annually
- Performance bonuses paid after validation
Through CarbonNOW, so far I’ve been paid $12/acre for 1000 acres enrolled. And, if I have better carbon readings than expected, I can get even more. This keeps me going down the right path of regenerative practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
To give you the most complete premium carbon credit generation and payment process, Locus AG has partnered with two of the best in the industry. All carbon credits are sold through an exclusive agreement with Anew™ Climate – one of the largest carbon project developers in the world, and payments are financed upfront by Green Star Royalties, Ltd. All CarbonNOW farmers have to do is generate premium carbon credits, then Anew and Green Star Royalties take care of the rest!
With CarbonNOW, there are no sign-up or program fees. The only expense you will have is the purchase cost of our biological products. But when you consider that participation in our program includes free annual soil sampling and complimentary data collection services, plus higher yields and increased ROI thanks to our biologicals, you’ll find the benefits far exceed the initial product cost.
CarbonNOW has a very high eligibility rate because our biological products are approved as an additionality. This means that even if you have not historically been eligible for other programs (as a long time cover cropper, practicing reduced tillage, etc.), you may be eligible for our program.
We welcome farmers who have already participated in CSP, Equip, or other Conservation programs, large landowners or land management companies, and growers/operators in transition of practice change implementation.
Our current program is designed for row crop farmers – corn, wheat/cereals, soybean, cover crops, cotton, etc. We also require farms to have 500 acres or more to participate.
CarbonNOW has two enrollment periods – spring and fall. Our spring data deadline is February 15, and our fall deadline is August 15. This allows us enough time to complete data collection and schedule soil sampling. Data collection and soil sampling must both be done before you can receive payment.
CarbonNOW requires 3-5 years of historical data. This can be provided digitally or with hard copies. Locus AG’s team members are trained to take the heavy lifting of data collection from the farmer, allowing you to focus more on your operation.
Soil organic carbon (SOC) and Bulk Density (BD) tests are taken every year, along with carbon modeling to get the full scope of data available. All of this is performed at no expense to you! Samples are taken at a 12-inch depth annually to provide a highly accurate carbon reading.
Performance bonuses are offered based on carbon sequestration data retrieved from the annual soil testing. Locus AG biologicals are shown to increase SOC, which also increases the likelihood and amount of performance bonuses farmers receive.
As a member of CarbonNOW, you’ll purchase and use Locus AG biologicals throughout the length of the program.
Locus AG biologicals drive higher yields by introducing vital, beneficial microbes directly onto the seed at the time of planting. Our products are mixed with talc and graphite and can be placed directly into your hopper box. Because they are applied at planting, the microbes become active at germination, and you’ll begin to reap the benefits at Time Zero.
All of this leads to quicker time to harvest, increased yields, and increased ROI.
Demystify the Carbon Farming Market
10 essential questions to ask when considering a carbon farming program: