Grow through carbon credits
Farmers have always been at the forefront of caring for the land and environment. You work hard building a legacy on your land through best practices in land stewardship. At Farmers Edge, we work alongside our growers to ensure they maximize their returns through the Farmers Edge Carbon Credit Program.
The Carbon Credit Program is available in select regions.
Your land is your legacy.
Earn credits for your land stewardship
The carbon offset strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) has resulted in a thriving carbon market. Since 2007, industrial facilities have been regulated to lower greenhouse gas emissions. One way they can meet their obligations is by buying carbon offset credits from those who voluntarily lower emissions. For farmers, this presents an opportunity.
By following agricultural protocols designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, farmers can earn carbon offset credits, which can then be sold back to industrial facilities in the carbon market. The protocols support land stewardship practices that improve efficiency, productivity and sustainability. Farmers currently earn offset credits through two protocols: the Conservation Cropping Protocol (CCP) and the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP). These protocols support reductions in GHGs that result from new or improved practices in conservation cropping and fertility management.
Carbon offsets accumulate over larger areas, larger livestock numbers, over time, or when several types of practices are combined in one agricultural operation. For many farmers, the paperwork and verification required for regulation of offset credits can be overwhelming. In addition, the volume required for the carbon offset program limits the bargaining power of many farmers. These market realities along with the administration involved mean that many farmers are missing out entirely.
We believe that farmers who are taking care of the land and ensuring the sustainability and advancement of agriculture worldwide should be rewarded. That is why Farmers Edge has incorporated carbon offsets into our Smart Solutions. As a Farmers Edge client, you are now eligible to receive monetary returns for your best practices in farming and land stewardship.
We manage the paperwork so you can manage the farm
At Farmers Edge we:
- Accept all the risk, by rewarding you up front through our new pricing structure and assuming ownership of those carbon offsets on your behalf.
- Record and manage the data necessary to take advantage of carbon offsets for your advanced farming techniques in both Conservation Cropping Protocol (CCP) and Nitrous Oxide Emissions Protocol (NERP).
- Maximize the volume of carbon credits by combining the efforts of our farmers.
- Pool your credits with those of other farmers and sell them into your region’s carbon market.
Which Sustainable Practices Apply?
From start to finish, Farmers Edge will work with you to enhance the returns you receive for your sustainability and land stewardship practices that help improve soil health and reduce environmental damage.
Conservation Cropping Protocol: Supports no till farming practices with advanced seeding implements.
Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol: Supports best nitrogen fertilizer management practices that ensure more nitrogen is used by the crop and less is lost to the environment.
Q: How is Farmers Edge different from other carbon aggregators?
A: Most other carbon aggregators operate their carbon aggregation as a separate business from any other product or service offerings they provide. They collect the necessary farm data and attempt to create a carbon offset. If they are successful creating offsets for a farm customer, and then selling them, they share a portion of the revenue with the farm customer. The revenue share is stipulated in the carbon offset contract between aggregator and farmer. This revenue may not be available for one to two years. Farmer and aggregator share in the risk of successful carbon offset creation and sale.
We at Farmers Edge assess the potential for carbon offset creation based on your agronomic practices and then, if practices match carbon offset protocol requirements, provide value for the offset up front. Farmers Edge then assumes the risk that the carbon offset may not get created, verified or sold.
Q: Do I need to alter my farming practices to qualify for NERP?
A: Possibly, depending on nitrogen fertilizer management practices. NERP is all about getting more of the N fertilizer applied into the crop. The protocol requires all N sources applied to each field to be banded below ground in a band 30% or less than the soil profile. For example, no more than a 3-inch wide band of fertilizer below ground level on 10-inch row spacing. Most newer air drills meet this specification. For NERP, it’s the width of the N band(s) applied, not the width of the opener. This below-ground banding protocol is based on solid science in Western Canada showing that more N uptake by the plant and less N losses will occur with banding. Practices such as top dressing N in-season and broadcasting N sources for specific crops will need to be curtailed for NERP qualification.
Q: How many acres do I need to get a tonne of carbon?
A: For the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP) it takes about five to ten acres to generate one tonne of CO2e. This fluctuates dramatically above that range across the province due to dryland conditions, N fertilizer rates, yields and VR or non-VR management practices. For the Conservation Cropping Protocol (CCP) it is about nine acres for parkland conditions and about 17 acres for dryland conditions.These estimates are impacted at the individual farm level by usual agronomic practices and “one off” agronomic events, on a field-by-field basis.
Q: What other information do I need to supply?
A: The CCP and NERP protocols provide the parameters used to run a unique carbon project for each farm. All the land titles for the farm’s owned land need to be accessed, with the owners’ approval. Copies of lease agreements, and potentially carbon assignment agreements, for rented farm land are needed to demonstrate carbon offset ownership. Crop insurance summary documents, nitrogen fertilizer receipts, and tillage machinery information round out the “paper” requirements.
Farmers Edge supplies the tools for developing and collecting all the other information for the protocols including satellite imagery, digital land borders, field acreage, soil testing, crop planning and as-applied fertilizer information and yields.