Farmers, take note: Carbon stored in soil could soon become its own commodity crop. That’s the message from developers, corporations, and legislators pushing for new carbon markets specifically tailored to agriculture.
In the first three parts of this series we identified agriculture’s responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions, and some solutions. Another way to lower overall GHG is through viable carbon trading platforms. In effect, farmers who do specific practices would participate in carbon trading markets and get paid to store carbon and build soil health.
The CarbonNOW™ project from B Corp™ Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) has been named the national winner in the Energy Globe Awards for its immediate impact on climate change and food security. The sustainable agriculture initiative is the first in the country to get farmers compensated for environmentally friendly growing practices. It will now go on to represent the United States in the global awards.
Getting paid to sequester carbon with farming practices is now a reality through the CarbonNOW program from Locus Agricultural Solutions. This year’s price for sequestration, established by the Nori carbon marketplace, is $15 per ton. If you already practice no-till, use cover crops and integrate livestock, you could already be sequestering carbon at a rate between a half-ton and a ton and half per acre, per year. Locus Ag works with Nori, a carbon marketplace that uses COMET-Farm, a USDA tool, to validate carbon sequestration and pay growers. Nori, in turn, works with dozens of companies that have expressed a determination to reduce their carbon footprint and are seeking ways to offset the emissions they generate.
Locus Agricultural Solutions has hired Shane Head as Vice President of Environmental Platforms.
Fast Company Names Locus AG’s CarbonNOW Program a World Changing Ideas 2020 Finalist in the Food CategoryLocus Ag Solutions2020-07-07T11:18:21-04:00
Locus AG's innovative program CarbonNOW was named yesterday as a Fast Company World Changing Ideas 2020 Awards finalist in the food category.
Locus AG is presenting its award-winning biotechnology for fighting climate change and increasing food security to investors and industry representatives at NREL’s Industry Growth Forum 2020.