Advancing Soil
    Carbon Science

    To unlock agriculture as a climate solution, we’ve set out to create the highest quality ag carbon program, backed by rigorous science and certification.

    High-quality ag soil carbon credits are being generated by following rigorous, scientifically robust protocols

    Carbon by Indigo leverages third-party protocols from leading global registries – the Climate Action Reserve and Verra – enabling global scale.

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    Producing quality agricultural carbon credits

    Carbon by Indigo generates the first registry issued, third-party verified agricultural carbon credits using direct soil sampling and advanced modeling at an unprecedented scale.

    Data transparency builds the credibility and value of the credits.

    These credits are generated using the Soil Enrichment Protocol developed and adopted by the Climate Action Reserve, with participation from Indigo’s team of leading scientists, policy experts, and technologists. Carbon by Indigo’s agricultural soil carbon credits are considered the highest quality because net changes in greenhouse gasses are credited following MRV, or “monitoring, reporting, and verification,” which adheres to IPCC guidelines and best practices.  

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    Hear from Our Partners

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    We built Airly with a mission to reverse climate change through food, acknowledging that's an audacious goal, but we are fundamentally driven by the fact that agriculture has a big role to play in that overall solution. As you get out into the market and you start to demonstrate the consumer demand, a lot more people start jumping in.

    Jennifer McKnight | Co-Founder, Airly Foods, Post Holdings

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    We will not squeeze carbon out of the global economy if we don't have a huge investment in carbon credits. It simply isn't going to happen and carbon credits are a great tool to provide a financial incentive, to target a lot of those areas that might be difficult to target from a public policy perspective, but we can make it happen. And it also buys us time. Time that we frankly don't have to address this problem.

    Craig Ebert | President, Climate Action Reserve

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    We really need to start treating agriculture and food production in this country more like a long-term investment and less like borrowing and lending. You have to give the capital a chance to grow.

    Zach Ducheneaux | Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency

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    The ability to sell carbon as a new crop ... it's going to fundamentally change what we do on the farm. We'll get paid for something other than yield

    Ben Riensche | Partner, Blue Diamond Farms, Iowa

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    This is better farming. Some of the world’s largest companies have a million farms in their supply chains and are facing a world in which climate is becoming more disruptive, less predictive rainfall, water shortages, too much water—all those factors that are making it more difficult to be a farmer today. These companies are looking for exactly that type of agriculture that is going to create more resilience.

    Paul Hawken | Author of Drawdown and Regeneration, Business Strategist, Journalist

    Advancing the Adoption of Soil Carbon Science

    Updates from our in-house team of experts and partners in science and policy.

    Carbon Experimentation field research provides a foundational dataset and case studies that keep Carbon by Indigo on the forefront of science

    Indigo’s Carbon Experimentation team launched fall sampling in September 2021 for year 3 of the long-term study, the Soil Carbon Experiment (SCX).

    During year 3, we are re-sampling over 100 fields currently enrolled in SCX and will perform initial sampling on new fields joining the program – gathering data on soil organic carbon, bulk density, soil health, and other measures on soil samples, including some down to a 1-m depth. These samples come from a mix of regeneratively and conventionally managed fields – including a subset of split-field trials with both management systems.

    SCX data and case studies help Indigo: understand credit generation potential, minimize grower data burden, and improve unit economics. 

    Interested in Advancing the Science and Policy With Us?

    Get in touch with our team to begin the conversation.

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    Indigo Carbon Projects

    Project Name
    Project ID
    Crediting Program
    Protocol / Methodology
    Location(s)
    Starting Year
    Total Credits Registered

    Indigo U.S. Project No. 1

    United States

    2018

    22,225

    Indigo Ag EU Project No.1

    Northern Europe

    TBD

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    Project Name

    Indigo U.S. Project No. 1

    Project ID
    Crediting Program
    Protocol / Methodology
    Location(s)

    United States


    Project Name

    Indigo Ag EU Project No.1

    Project ID
    Crediting Program
    Protocol / Methodology
    Location(s)

    Northern Europe

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    Position Paper
    May 13, 2022

    Additionality in Agricultural Carbon Credits

    Additionality is a foundational criterion for the creation of a carbon offset. When done properly, with high quality credits, the use of a carbon offset results in a net neutral impact on the atmosphere.

    Position Paper
    April 30, 2022

    The Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Footprint

    Anthropogenic climate change is caused by excess atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), especially carbon dioxide (CO2 ), nitrous oxide (N2 O), and methane (CH4).

    Position Paper
    March 1, 2022

    Soil Health Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

    Soil is a vital natural resource. Healthy soil maintains agricultural productivity and ecosystem functioning through optimal physical, chemical, and biological properties.

    Position Paper
    June 21, 2021

    Implementing the Soil Enrichment Protocol at Scale: Opportunities for an Agricultural Carbon Market

    High-quality agricultural carbon credits that incentivize regenerative practices can help address climate change through greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement and CO2 sequestration.

    Position Paper
    April 21, 2021

    Policy Opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture

    US growers are struggling to remain profitable, production expenses1 have increased2 , government payouts to farmers are breaking records, and the acceleration of per acre productivity seen over the past century is slowing.

    Position Paper
    April 21, 2021

    Carbon market for climate smart agriculture practices

    Why rigorous measurement, modeling, and scalability matter to farmers

    Position Paper
    April 21, 2021

    Harnessing Agricultural Data with Standards and Interoperability

    Anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) are the dominant cause of climate change with agricultural activities, contributing to 9%-14% of global GHG emissions.

    Blog
    December 6, 2022

    At Cop27, Agriculture’s Role as a Climate Solution Grows

    The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP), organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) just wrapped up in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Indigo...

    Blog
    July 27, 2022

    Bringing Agricultural Carbon Programs to Native American Farmers

    With support from a new grant, some Native American farmers and ranchers are getting first-hand exposure to the benefits of carbon farming.   

    Blog
    May 10, 2022

    Carbon Farming 101: How Does Soil Carbon Get Measured?

    How does soil carbon get measured? Accurately measuring carbon sequestration is important because it ensures buyers have confidence in the carbon credits they purchase and...

    Blog
    December 8, 2021

    A Meeting of the Minds to Advance Agronomic, Crop, and Soil Sciences

    image above: Prof. Keith Paustian of Colorado State University shares his outlook on opportunitiesto advance soil carbon research at an Indigo-hosted reception at the 2021...

    Blog
    November 16, 2021

    COP26: 4 Takeaways Advancing Agriculture as a Climate Solution

    By Max DuBuisson, Bradley Rochlin, Guy Pinjuv

    Blog
    November 4, 2021

    Farmers Maximize Their Opportunity to Get Paid for Carbon With New World-Class Tools

    Big news in the agriculture world last week: Indigo Ag announced its acquisition of Soil Metrics, an industry-leading technology company that has developed a comprehensive...

    Blog
    May 6, 2021

    How Does Soil Carbon Sequestration Work?

    The science behind agricultural carbon sequestration offers a snapshot of the constant dialogue between the atmosphere, plants, and soils. It starts with photosynthesis—and...

    Blog
    March 22, 2021

    Reflecting on the Power of the Plant Microbiome for World Water Day

    Farmers depend on water for their business, as much as seeds, sun, and fertilizer – and it shows. Agriculture consumes 70% of the world’s freshwater an 85% of the available...

    Blog
    January 28, 2021

    These Innovators are Finding New Solutions to Progress Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils

      Indigo launched the first-of-its-kind Indigo Carbon Challenge in 2019 to find novel solutions for agricultural soil carbon sequestration and help draw the world's...

    Blog
    January 25, 2021

    What Makes a High Quality Carbon Credit?

    Businesses and consumers are laser-focused on making sure the carbon credits they buy are a true measure of progress against climate change.

    Blog
    November 18, 2020

    A Major Milestone for Measuring the Climate Benefit of Agriculture

    By Max DuBuisson, Director of Carbon Policy, Indigo Ag The agricultural carbon market just took a major leap forward: In October, rigorous protocols for “soil enrichment”...

    Blog
    January 22, 2020

    The Key to Agricultural Carbon Markets: Measurement and Verification

      Agricultural soil carbon sequestration and emissions reductions can be immediate and affordable levers in addressing climate change, as suggested by the climate plans...

    Blog
    June 27, 2019

    Indigo's Living Map of the World's Food System

    Two weeks ago, at the inaugural Beneficial Ag event in Memphis, Indigo was proud to participate in a growing community of innovators from across the food system. One of the...

    Blog
    December 13, 2018

    A Living Map of the World's Food Supply

    By Geoffrey von Maltzahn Today, we’re excited to announce Indigo’s acquisition of TellusLabs, a satellite imaging and artificial intelligence company based out of Somerville,...

    Blog
    September 12, 2018

    Yield Differences So Large You Can See Them From Outer Space

    By Geoffrey von Maltzahn When evaluating products, growers trust the results they see with their own eyes. The benefit of a different seed variety, irrigation system,...