Increasing the speed at which carbon dioxide is sequestered in cropland soils
Since the dawn of agriculture, significant amounts of soil carbon have been released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Preserving our climate means finding solutions that accelerate the rate at which we draw carbon dioxide from the air, and increase carbon levels in our farmlands.
The benefits of accelerating soil carbon sequestration in farm soils are numerous. Carbon-rich soils hold more water, are less prone to runoff, and offer more minerals and nutrients to plants. These physical properties make them more resilient to drought, flood, or heavy rain, ultimately reducing climate-based risks to grower productivity and profitability. Carbon-rich soil is more likely to produce healthy food – creating downstream benefits for consumer health and well-being. Additionally, sequestering carbon in soils can lead to higher profitability for growers through participating in carbon credit markets like Indigo Carbon.
Unfortunately, until now, there has been no clear motivation for growers to view carbon as a critical output of their farming efforts. As such, there’s been limited focus and little effort within the agricultural industry to optimize the performance of cover crop seeds, amendments, and other technologies and practices that maximize carbon production.
The Accelerate track seeks novel products, processes, or services that accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide is sequestered and maintained in cropland soils, and complement existing practices a grower uses in their operation.
Novel crops or crop varieties (including perennial crops)
Optimized cover crop seeds
Technologies that reduce the use of chemicals and fertilizers
Farm management practices
On-farm or in-field biochar solutions
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