“Any way that you can increase the net carbon sequestration or a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions … will generate carbon credits. For instance, if you’re already doing cover crops, maybe you can extend the growing season by interseeding them or terminating them later. Or maybe you can build out the diversity of the cover crop mix…” – Ryan Stockwell, Indigo Ag
With the current interest in climate change and farmers getting carbon sequestration payments being at an all-time high, many no-tillers have been excited about the thought of earning additional income through incentive payments. But adding carbon incentive payments to your bank account may be easier said than done as there appear to be a number of roadblocks to getting on the carbon sequestration bandwagon, especially when it comes to being paid for having no-tilled for a number of years.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, brought to you by Martin Industries, we bring you a multi-faceted look at whether veteran no-tillers can qualify for carbon payments. To start, we’ll head north of the border to explore how Saskatchewan no-tiller are being shut out of the Canadian government’s proposed carbon sequestration program.
Next, we’ll report on new Bayer Crop Science and Corteva Agriscience carbon programs and how one program may allow no-tillers to be paid for what they’ve done in previous years.
Then we’ll touch base with Karthik Karathur of Locus Agricultural Solutions to get insights on how the carbon credit marketplace works and how growers can navigate their options.
And finally, Frank Lessiter chats with Ryan Stockwell at Indigo Ag to probe how that company is approaching opportunities for long-term no-tillers in its programs.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
The No-Till Influencers & Innovators podcast series is brought to you by Martin Industries.
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