Separate fact from fiction in the Carbon Farming Connection

    Recording Available of August 10 Event
    That's a wrap on the August Carbon Farming Connection. More details on the next event coming soon!

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    Most recent event: Aug. 10 at 11:30 AM CT

    There are many misconceptions circulating about carbon farming and markets. Separate fact from fiction at the next Carbon Farming Connection. Hear about:

    • How carbon farming and credits can improve farm profitability
    • How carbon farming can address agronomic challenges
    • How to choose the right carbon program for your farm

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    Sessions in the August event

    45 mins

    Carbon Farming and Markets: Misconceptions, Falsehoods, and Outright Errors

    Speakers

    Chip Flory

    Host of AgriTalk

    Sebastian Wolfrum

    Epiphany Malt

    Tom Cannon

    Oklahoma Farmer

    Jake Linneman

    Senior Carbon Technical Agronomist, Indigo Ag

    Alejandro Plastina

    Iowa State

    Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhD

    AFT Climate Initiative Director

    Session Details

    There are many misconceptions, falsehoods, and outright errors circulating about carbon farming and markets. In this panel moderated by Farm Journal economist Chip Flory, you'll hear experienced farmers, agronomists, and carbon credit buyers separate fact from fiction to clarify how carbon farming and carbon credits can positively impact farm profitability today. We’ll dig into how carbon farming practices can address stubborn agronomic challenges and build your soil's ability to store carbon and generate credits.

    30 mins

    How to Pick a Carbon Program

    Speakers

    Lauren Riensche

    Product Marketing Manager, Carbon by Indigo

    Todd Weitekamp

    Customer Support Manager, Carbon by Indigo

    Clint Orr

    Indiana Farmer

    Amy Smith

    Landus Ag

    Session Details

    Picking the right carbon program is a big decision with large financial implications. Get informed on what questions to ask to find the program that is right for you and your farm.

    5 MINS

    Progress Update

    Speakers

    Ron Hovsepian

    Indigo Ag CEO

    Session Details

    Indigo Ag CEO Ron Hovsepian will join us to share a progress update for the Carbon by Indigo program.

    Featuring speakers across agriculture

    Chip Flory

    Chip Flory will join us again to lead the discussion around misconceptions in carbon farming and markets. 

    Chip is the host of Farm Journal Media’s issue- and market-driven AgriTalk radio. Each hour airs live on stations across the country and on the free “AgriTalk” app. Chip is also the Farm Journal Economist, providing market insights for readers in each issue of the company’s flagship magazine, Farm Journal.

    Ron Hovsepian

    Indigo Ag CEO Ron Hovsepian will join us to share a progress update for the Carbon by Indigo program.

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    Clint Orr
    Indiana Farmer
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    Clint Orr

    Indiana Farmer

    Orr Farms was established in 1987. They primarily farm in Clinton County with some additional acreage and custom services in the surrounding counties. They pride themselves in being a sustainable operation and are striving to be one of the most environmentally conscious operations in the Midwest. All of their acres receive cover crops, are no-tilled or strip-tilled, and use manures, variable rate technologies, reduced soil compaction, intensive soil testing, and various other conservation practices. 

    The farm was recognized in 2011 as the Conservation Partner of the Year by the Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District. In 2013, Clint Orr received the River Friendly Farmer award. In 2015, Clint was elected to the Soil and Water Conservation District Board. And in 2018, Clint was confirmed to the Indiana State FSA Board.

    The Orr family currently farms over 3,000 acres in cropland. They raise waxy corn for Primient Grain, white food grade corn for Cargill, and seed beans for Pioneer. They raise beef cattle and partner with chicken and hog operations in the use of their manures for natural fertilizer.

    Sebastian Wolfrum
    Founder, Epiphany Craft Malt
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    Sebastian Wolfrum

    Founder, Epiphany Craft Malt

    Sebastian Wolfrum is the founder of Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, North Carolina, to provide an integrated regional supply to brewers and distillers. Born and raised in Germany, he earned his certification as a brewer and maltster with the Ayinger Brewery in 1999, where he continued working until 2005 before moving to North Carolina. In 2012, he added a certificate in distilling from IBD, London. From 2014 -2020 as the executive brewmaster at Capitol Broadcasting Company, Sebastian developed the Rocky Mount Mills Brewery Incubator and the Bull Durham Beer Co. Now, Sebastian teaches Brewing Science & Technology at North Carolina State University.
    Dr. Alejandro Plastina
    Iowa State University
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    Dr. Alejandro Plastina

    Iowa State University

    Dr. Alejandro Plastina is an Associate Professor/Extension Economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University (ISU). His area of specialization is agricultural production and technology, with an emphasis on farm business and financial management. His research focuses on the socioeconomic drivers of conservation practices, voluntary pest resistance management, carbon programs, and agricultural productivity.

    He is an Associate Director of the ISU-Iowa Bankers Association and an Academic Member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraiser. He serves as Advisor to the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Chair of the ISU Farm Financial Stress Task Force, and past Chair of the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee.

    He has been recognized as the first Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellow (2021), and has received the Dean's Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (2022), the ISU Office of the President Excellence in Remote Instruction Award (2021), the ISU Extension and Outreach Creativity in Service to All Iowans Award (2020), the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Distinguished Extension Program Award (2019), the ISU ANR Programming Innovation Award (2018), and the ISU Extension and Outreach Impacting Iowa Award (2015).

    Prior to joining ISU in 2014, Dr. Plastina was Senior Economist at the International Cotton Advisory Committee in Washington, DC. He graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of La Plata (Argentina) in 2000, and an MS in Statistics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

    Amy Smith
    Data Specialist, Landus GROW Solutions Center
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    Amy Smith

    Data Specialist, Landus GROW Solutions Center

    Based in Norwalk, Iowa, Amy Smith has 13 years of experience in agriculture. She specializes in working with farmers and on-farm data.
    Jake Linneman
    Senior Carbon Technical Agronomist, Indigo Ag
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    Jake Linneman

    Senior Carbon Technical Agronomist, Indigo Ag

    Jake Linneman grew up in northeast South Dakota on his family farm. He received a B.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences from North Dakota State University and a M.S. also in Plant and Soil Science from Oklahoma State University. Jake spent three years as a seed branded agronomist in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. He moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, and sold seed for three years before joining Indigo Ag in 2017 as a field agronomist. He currently resides in Stillwater with his wife, Kami, and three kids (Mya, Lane, and Remi).

    Lauren Riensche
    Product Marketing Manager, Carbon by Indigo
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    Lauren Riensche

    Product Marketing Manager, Carbon by Indigo

    Lauren grew up on her family’s six-generation corn, soy, and wheat farm in Iowa, the Blue Diamond Farming Company. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology in 2015, and has led marketing efforts for major brands across the ag industry, including Farm Journal Media, Kent Nutrition Group, Case IH, Granular, Asgrow/DEKALB, and Bayer CropScience. At Indigo, she serves as a Product Marketer focused on Carbon, where she uses her lifetime of experience in ag to help inform how Indigo solutions can help benefit growers the most. Lauren also continues to be actively involved in her family’s farm.

    Ryan Stockwell
    Partner & Grower Advocacy, Indigo Ag and Wisconsin Farmer
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    Ryan Stockwell

    Partner & Grower Advocacy, Indigo Ag and Wisconsin Farmer

    Ryan Stockwell serves as the Sr. Manager, Partner & Grower Advocacy. Previously, he served as the Director of Sustainable Agriculture for the National Wildlife Federation. In that role, he led the cover crops program, including policy development in the Farm Bill, research coordination, and farmer champion communication training. He also worked on strategies to communicate regenerative agriculture to farmers in ways that best meet their decision-making methodologies. In his spare time he farms near Medford, Wisconsin, using regenerative practices. 

    Tom Cannon
    Oklahoma Farmer
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    Tom Cannon

    Oklahoma Farmer

    Tom Cannon farms the fourth generation of Goodson Ranch pioneer farmer/ranchers. Tom became unable to complete his collegiate education due to his father’s debilitating pickup wreck in 1997.

    Finding the soil at 1% OM, Tom attended his first No-Till on the Plains conference in January 1998, a life-changing experience. The new Goodson Ranch CEO sold all tillage equipment and converted to 100% no-till – and now, among other radical experiences, he finds his soil testing at over 3% OM. Soil and the soils biological relationships are foundational to the success of the Goodson Ranch.

    Sharing his successes and failures on regenerative agriculture though public speaking engagements and the personal relations gained at these engagements are an increasing priority.

    He was later awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Conservation award, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Stewardship award, NRCS Cooperator of the year for Oklahoma, Quail & Pheasants forever conservation award, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Stewardship awards.

    Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhD
    AFT Climate Initiative Director
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    Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhD

    AFT Climate Initiative Director

    Bianca leads AFT’s national Climate Initiative. Her program focuses on ensuring agriculture continues to move toward fully functioning healthy soils and systems that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and regenerate and maintain resilient, diverse, effective, environmentally, socially, and economically viable production systems on the nation’s varied agricultural lands, in collaboration with partner organizations. Her program works collaboratively across partners and stakeholders to scale successful approaches, on-ramp innovations, quantify outcomes, and reach new audiences for impact. The goal is to ensure that producers, the agricultural and conservation community, researchers, and policymakers have access to resources, technical advice, transformational connections, and policy facilitators that expand climate-smart, regenerative agriculture, and food systems in diverse ways.

    Before joining AFT, Bianca served as the founding Director of the Soil Health Division with the USDA-NRCS from 2014-2021. She led the deployment and integration of the new division’s staff of regional and national specialists who provide leadership on NRCS strategy, policy, tools, training, direct assistance, science, and technology integration, and soil health efforts across the country. She led the establishment of national soil health resource concerns, soil health requirements for agency-certified conservation planners, soil health in-field and laboratory assessments, and soil health management planning for which NRCS now provides technical and financial assistance, and virtual training and outreach to millions of customers. Prior to NRCS, Bianca served on the faculty of Cornell University as a Senior Extension Associate and Lecturer, where her research and extension work focused on agricultural management impacts on soil health and nitrogen dynamics. She also taught a class in Sustainable Soil Management. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed and extension publications, NRCS national technical material and policy, and has provided workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, all in soil science.

    Todd Weitekamp
    Customer Support Manager, Carbon by Indigo
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    Todd Weitekamp

    Customer Support Manager, Carbon by Indigo

    Todd Weitekamp is a 4th generation corn and soybean farmer in Central Illinois.  He has 24 years of experience spanning research, sales, and tech experience in the agriculture industry.  Todd is currently a Carbon Customer Success Lead working directly with farmers in the east region for Indigo Ag. His role is to support the grower from data entry all the way to filing for carbon credit generation. He thrives on watching his growers successfully complete the data entry process to ultimately gain more revenue for their operation.
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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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    Carbon credit buyers are becoming more sophisticated, and they’re caring more about the quality attributes of a credit. Their willingness to pay for carbon credits is increasing towards what we think is the true price of carbon.

    Sonya Hoo | Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group

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    Today we lead with the conviction that more sustainably grown coffee is more delicious. We know that through beneficial farming, applying regenerative practices, we can actually improve the health of our soils, reduce atmospheric carbon, and enjoy a more productive, higher- quality crop that’s more profitable for our farmers, great for consumers, and ultimately good for our future on the planet.

    Audrey Waldrop | Sustainability Manager, Blue Bottle Coffee

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    In addition to supporting the farming community, these projects end up generating a lot of adaptation benefits—water retention in the soil, providing more habitat for species. There’s evidence that these kinds of practices help farms deal with extreme weather events as well. The co-benefits can be documented and reported and will be very important as the sector starts to grow.

    David Antonioli | CEO, Verra

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