Enrich Your Soil, Improve Your Profit Potential with Indigo Carbon

Indigo Carbon supports you in adopting practices that are good for your farm – and helps you get paid for the carbon credits you generate

Adding cover crops, reducing tillage, and other practices can help benefit your soil and your bottom line. Through Indigo Carbon, increased soil organic matter or reduced greenhouse gas emissions from these practices can also generate verified carbon credits, which are increasingly in demand by buyers, such as major corporations.

Who should sign up for Indigo Carbon?

...if so, Indigo Carbon may be a great fit for your farm.

Enrollment is now open for 2021 credits, generated from changes made after harvest 2020 and before harvest 2021. To be eligible for payment in Indigo Carbon, you are required to:*

  • Farm field crops in a state within Indigo's current service area (Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, & Texas)
  • Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice: adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage or fertilizer use, or diversifying your rotation
  • Submit all field and management information by required deadlines, beginning with enrolling your field boundaries on our web platform
  • Experience an increase in overall carbon sequestered and greenhouse gas emissions reduced on your farm, as determined by Indigo using your management information

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Here’s how Indigo Carbon works


You map field boundaries and enroll in Indigo Carbon.


You add new practices that increase soil carbon and reduce emissions on your farm, with agronomic support from Indigo.


You record your historical and current season management data in our software platform, and Indigo takes soil samples on a subset of fields.**


Indigo calculates the carbon credits generated on your farm, based on greenhouse gases sequestered and abated.


Independent carbon credit issuers verify carbon credits.


After Indigo sells credits to corporate buyers and other organizations, you get paid for the carbon credits you earn.

How your farm can earn more
through Indigo Carbon**

On average, growers are estimated to generate 0.3-1 credits per acre in their first year and increase credit production over time.

FAQs about Indigo Carbon

What is a carbon credit?

A carbon credit is an offset purchased by companies and other buyers 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 organizations.

Verified carbon credits are approved and issued by third-party carbon credit issuers, in order to demonstrate the validity and value of the credit to buyers. When documented with evidence, carbon credits make it easier and more effective for organizations to reduce total carbon emissions.

Over the past year, companies all over the US and organizations throughout the world have been making multi-billion-dollar commitments to curb their impact on the environment. As of last year, nearly one quarter of all Fortune 500 companies have made a carbon neutrality commitment, an exponential increase over just a few years prior.

How are carbon credits different from other things I produce?

Carbon credits operate much like commodities. If you produce corn to sell, the buyer will want to know the quantity and quality. Grain handlers will want to facilitate that trade by meeting those information needs. So they weigh your corn and test it for quality so the buyer can have confidence in your product. Similarly, carbon credits estimate and track quantity through modeling and soil samples and protect for quality by creating stipulations on additionality and leakage. These quantification and qualification standards ensure the buyer gets the product they desire while the seller has a quality product to sell that earns top dollar.

What are the qualifying types of practice changes?

The current list of qualifying practice changes are:
  • Adding cover crops (for the first time, extending the duration, or diversifying your mix)
  • Diversifying your crop rotation
  • Reducing or eliminating tillage
  • Reducing fertilizer (reducing N or switching to injection)

When do I have to start new practices to qualify for generating credits?

Because carbon credits are sold the year after soil carbon is increased and emissions are reduced, credits are referred to as that year’s “carbon credit crop.” This means the 2021 crop includes credits generated from practice changes beginning at any point after the 2020 harvest and before the 2021 fall harvest (or before 2021 fall planting for winter crop fields).

Why do I need to make a practice change? Why don’t my existing practice changes count?

Two primary reasons: 1) Valuable carbon credits are under high demand, and buyers are only willing to purchase credits that demonstrate a change. Credits generated as a result of practice changes are valuable because they represent new benefits to soil carbon and emissions reductions, above and beyond “business as usual.” 2) These types of valuable credits are extremely rare – that’s why buyers come to Indigo and are willing to pay high prices. That’s also why we’re able to guarantee a limited time credit payment minimum. Past carbon markets have been unsuccessful because buyers did not see the credits as truly valuable without the practice change requirement.

What information am I required to submit? What’s in it for me?

Participation in Indigo Carbon includes access to our free software platform for field data management. On our platform, growers can map and view field boundaries, and log and submit the field management information that is ultimately needed to calculate credits.

Management practice information includes 3-5 years of historical as well as current season details 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.

Read about our Data Integrity Policy here.

How much will I get paid?

Interest in agriculture-based carbon credits has accelerated over the last year, which is why Indigo Carbon is offering you the security of a floor while allowing you to participate in any potential upside. Any field enrolled in Indigo Carbon in 2020 is guaranteed a minimum of $10 per verified carbon credit, and if the price increases based on buyer demand you’ll stand to earn even more. This applies to any credits sold before the end of 2022 as part of your first carbon crop.

Better soil, better bottom line

We want to make sure we are here for many more generations. We do this by striving to always take care of the land.

Kasey Bryant Bamberger, Ohio Grower

Reduced inputs, increased profitability

We are looking for ways to use regeneration – especially with cover crops – to maximize that output. If you can make your business thrive without putting as many chemicals in, then you are going to end up making a more profitable crop.

Ray Sneed, Tennessee Grower

Increased soil health, improved farm resilience

“We just need to change our mindset and utilize what the earth gives us in agriculture. More carbon in the soil will create healthy soils, bring back the biology, and create a more resilient system. And while we are at it, we can help save the earth.”

Mike Bretz, Iowa Grower

*Additional terms, conditions and limitations apply. Participation and enrollment in Indigo Carbon is subject to eligibility requirements and acceptance of program terms and conditions. Not available in all areas. **The number of verified carbon credits issued under Indigo Carbon and eligible for payment is subject to an issuer-imposed buffer pool holdback of approximately 20% (which may be higher or lower) of total volume of CO2e sequestered or abated to protect against potential reversals. All payments under Indigo Carbon are subject to a multi-year vesting schedule, which is dependent on participant’s continued good standing in the program and adherence to program requirements. $15 price per verified carbon credit is only an estimate based on the 2019 payment rate. Actual payment rate is subject to market conditions, may change at any time, and will be determined at the time of sale of the carbon credit. Indigo does not guarantee any minimum or specific payment rate. All figures are examples based on specific assumptions that may not be applicable to all land. A number of variables can affect outcomes on any particular land. Indigo does not guarantee any results with respect to agronomic outcomes, financial or profitability outcomes, carbon dioxide equivalents sequestered, carbon credits generated or amount or eligibility of payments with respect to any individual landowner or operator. Website for promotional purposes only.

**This company has been evaluated for transparency and compliance with the agricultural industry’s Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data. The results of the evaluation can be found by clicking on the “Ag Data Transparent” seal. Further, read our Data Integrity Policy here.