Officials with Saskatchewan's Ministry of the Environment outlined elements of a proposed offset framework this week in a conference call with members of a provincial offset panel. | File photo

Sask. zero-tillers brace for offset snub

The Saskatchewan government is considering a carbon offset program that would exclude minimum tillage farmers from the emerging and potentially lucrative market for agricultural offsets, The Western Producer has learned. Officials with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Environment outlined elements of a proposed offset framework this week in a conference call with members of a provincial […] Read more

Soil sampling data are the foundation of FarmLab’s carbon sequestration ambitions.  |  FarmLab image

Data key to cashing in on carbon credits

To monetize carbon sequestration, farmers must prove they are doing it. That means data, tracked over time. From a soil science perspective, the benefits of carbon in terms of fertility and microbiology are well known, said Sam Duncan, chief executive officer of FarmLab in Armidale Australia. It’s the reason soil carbon levels are often included […] Read more

Producers won't be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having perennial forage coverage, particularly if those efforts were completed prior to 2017. | File photo

New carbon market will not credit past farming practices

Ottawa says Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System will consider projects that are quantifiable, unique and permanent

Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions before 2017. Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal minister of environment and climate change, announced March 5 the offset market, known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. However, producers won’t be getting any credit for being zero-till or […] Read more


Tom Vilsack’s recent comments are a strong signal that a carbon sequestration market for agriculture may become a reality in the United States, which could put pressure on Ottawa to follow its neighbour’s lead. | Reuters/Bing Guan photo

U.S. ag secretary wants soil carbon market

Federal agriculture department asks farmers and ag groups for input on how to structure a carbon sequestration market

Only a minute into his speech on March 1, U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack mentioned carbon sequestration and paying farmers to store greenhouse gases in the soil. Vilsack, who spoke virtually to the U.S. National Farmers Union annual convention, said he will be “very active” on climate change and is determined to create new streams […] Read more

Nutrien’s new “carbon farm” program includes helping growers develop crop plans aimed at increasing the amount of carbon that’s sequestered in the soil. | File photo

Nutrien enters carbon market

The company has launched a program that works with growers interested in producing and selling carbon offsets in voluntary offset markets

A leading supplier of crop nutrient products says the rollout of a new carbon credit pilot program for farmers is on track for 2021 and has exceeded expectations in North America. Officials with Nutrien say the company was hoping to have about 100,000 North American acres subscribed to its “carbon farm” program in 2021. That […] Read more


Producers won't be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having perennial forage coverage, particularly if those efforts were completed prior to 2017. | File photo

New carbon market will not credit past farming practices

Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions before 2017. Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) Jonathan Wilkinson announced March 5 the offset market, known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. But producers won’t be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having […] Read more

Terramera CEO Karn Manhas said a 300,000-acre pilot project will launch this year with 10,000 acres in the Peace River area of British Columbia and Alberta. He said participants will test the company’s technology that aims to better quantify carbon. | Screencap via terramera.com

Carbon markets begin to take shape

Two players in the agricultural space are launching pilot projects this year to look at the opportunity in Canada’s carbon market as a federal program nears. The federal government expects to publish its draft regulations for a federal carbon offset market this winter, with final regulations to come by fall. Judy Meltzer, senior adviser to […] Read more

Land O’Lakes sustainability business, Truterra, launched its TruCarbon program that will pay farmers US$20 per ton to sequester carbon in their soils, beginning this summer. | Screencap via truterraag.com

Co-op creates grower’s carbon compensation plan

Land O’Lakes aspires to bring soil sequestration program to Canada, initially rolls it out 
in the U.S.

One of America’s largest farmer-owned co-operatives launched a new carbon sequestration program that enables farmers to generate and sell carbon credits to private sector buyers. Land O’Lakes sustainability business, Truterra, launched its TruCarbon program that will pay farmers US$20 per ton to sequester carbon in their soils, beginning this summer. Jason Weller is the vice-president […] Read more


The year 2005 was used as a base-line. This was after most western Canadian farmers had transitioned to minimum till and no-till methods. | File photo

Giving carbon credit its due

Canada’s coming carbon tax hike has made farm-sequestered carbon is a hot topic and along with it, the question of giving credit where it is due. Stuart Smyth at the University of Saskatchewan is leading a survey project aimed at capturing data from the province’s farmers — information that he said wasn’t properly considered when […] Read more