a new kind of crop
Farmers are leading the way in a first-of-its-kind sustainability milestone
175 farmers produced the world’s first crop of registry-issued agricultural carbon credits at scale. But why does this matter?
Corporate buyers are looking for accurately measured carbon credits to meet their sustainability goals. Farmers are capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in their soils by adopting sustainable practices like cover crops.
Now, farmers across the country are getting paid for that work in the form of high-quality carbon credits to meet buyers' growing demand. For the first time ever, these credits are being issued at scale, backed by rigorous science, independently verified by third parties, and with investments from leading corporations.
Paving the way to this first crop of carbon credits were farmers, sustainable investors, soil and data scientists, engineers, agronomists—and many others who saw an opportunity for agriculture.
As the leader of e-commerce titan Shopify’s sustainability initiatives, Kauk was looking for ways to address long-term, big-picture threats to entrepreneurship — which brought her to the unique power of nature-based climate solutions.
Ensuring the highest level of quality and transparency in the voluntary carbon market has driven Ebert as the head of the Climate Action Reserve for the last 7 years. The registry’s new protocol for measuring and verifying soil carbon levels means this rigor has now been extended to agriculture.
Waldrop sees agriculture as the backbone to Blue Bottle Coffee’s business. With the purchase of agricultural carbon credits, that idea has extended from the coffee they brew to the corporate sustainability commitments they make.
With decades of research in land use systems, Paustian had a deep knowledge of different practices that changed greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon dynamics. That’s when he formed a small team to build a model that could quantify this science on a global scale.
Woll had been farming corn and soybeans with his brother since 1978. When they needed to save on equipment, labor, and fuel costs, switching to sustainable farming practices looked like an appealing option. Carbon credits are now the cherry on top.
DuBuisson has spent his career translating environmental ethics into sustainable business practices. With Indigo, he saw the chance for agricultural carbon credits to make financial sense for both the farmer and the buyer.
Building a model to quantify increases in soil carbon was a new challenge for Campbell. With her team of data scientists and engineers at Indigo, she built a pipeline to quantify soil carbon levels for every field enrolled in the Carbon by Indigo program.
The Lehe family started using sustainable farming practices on their 860-acre farm, then learned about the opportunity to earn carbon credits. The Carbon by Indigo program was the perfect fit.
With Canadian-based Maple Leaf Food’s mission to be the most sustainable protein company on the planet, Faveri knew his team needed to look at agriculture-based climate projects. Carbon by Indigo was one of the few initiatives he found with high impact and high environmental credibility.
Explore the journey to Carbon Crop I, a milestone for the future of sustainable agriculture.see what's next
With sustainable practices such as cover crops and no-till, farmers can sequester carbon and abate GHG emissions — making agriculture an immediate, affordable, and scalable part of the climate solution. In 2019, we launched Carbon by Indigo to get farmers paid for this positive climate result.
Now the first crop of high-quality, registry-issued credits has been generated based on the sustainable practices of 175 farmers whose data was third-party approved. This marks an unprecedented sustainability accomplishment for farmers, carbon buyers, and the planet.
This new market is now ready to grow – estimated to be worth up to $50 billion by 2030. There’s more carbon to capture, more soil to enrich, more companies looking to meet their sustainability goals, and more farmers to earn carbon credits for their land stewardship.
We look forward to helping farmers maximize this new revenue opportunity while bringing more industry-leading carbon credits to market.
Carbon by Indigo launched in 2019 to help farmers adopt practices that restore soil health while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The goal: activate the potential for cropland to be a part of the climate solution while bringing new revenue opportunities to farmers.
See the momentum made so far by the industry-leading carbon farming program.
For the first time, registry-issued ag carbon credits were generated at scale, produced by farmers, backed by rigorous science. and with investments from leading corporations.
*Reserve protocol development includes multi-stakeholders workgroups in a public process and protocols are approved by the organization’s Board of Directors.