Cargill's RegenConnect program will use soil sampling, farm data and remote sensing to estimate the environmental benefit of practices like planting cover crops or not tilling soils, then pay growers $20 for every ton of the carbon sequestered. | File photo

Cargill launches U.S. carbon farming program for 2022 season

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Global commodities trader Cargill Inc. said on Thursday it is launching a carbon farming program for the 2022 season that will pay growers for production practices that lower emissions and capture more climate-warming carbon in soils. Cargill’s RegenConnect program will use soil sampling, farm data and remote sensing to estimate the […] Read more

The project is among a string of  recent environmentally focused  initiatives by agriculture companies tapping market-based approaches to conservation and carbon capture on the farm. | File photo

Companies focus on carbon

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Seed and farm chemical company Corteva Inc. will partner with farm technology and services provider Indigo Ag to broaden its U.S. agricultural carbon credits program for the 2022 season, Corteva announced Aug. 26. The Corteva Carbon Initiative will initially pay farmers around US$15 an acre for shifting to practices that pollute […] Read more

Some specific examples the government is looking to reward are the adoption of grazing management plans, interior cross-fencing systems, water system infrastructure improvements and the etsablishment of forage and legume crops. | Heather Smith Thomas photo

New federal funding will reward carbon storage efforts

The federal government has launched a new $200 million fund aimed at rewarding Canadian farmers who adopt farm management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new fund, dubbed the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, will provide financial support to farmers for techniques that fall into three general categories: cover crops, nitrogen management […] Read more


Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the money during a stop at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba July 23. The projects are three-year initiatives under the Nature Smart Climate Solutions fund announced in the most recent federal budget. | Twitter/@mclaudebibeau photo

Ottawa funds conservation, wildlife habitat

Three conservation organizations will share more than $25 million in federal funding for projects to sequester carbon and preserve biodiversity on the Prairies. Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the money during a stop at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba July 23. The projects are three-year initiatives under the Nature Smart Climate Solutions fund announced […] Read more

Farmers moved increasingly toward less tillage for the last three decades. | File photo

Historical carbon offset hopes dim

The Saskatchewan environment ministry will hold another round of consultations on agricultural carbon offsets this fall, but the chances are slim that farmers who began sequestering carbon decades ago will be able to participate in a carbon market. Ministry spokesperson Delaney Boyd told recent Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities division meetings that the concept of […] Read more


An advisory panel was named in February and tasked with providing government advice on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, but nobody on it has intimate knowledge of agriculture or farming. | File photo

Ag wants say on proposed climate law

Agricultural stakeholders continue to argue Canada’s proposed accountability law to achieve climate goals should be amended to include more industry representation. A parliamentary committee studying Bill C-12, the law that would set national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gasses, has been hearing testimony from witnesses throughout May and June. An advisory panel was named […] Read more

The SSCA is among several Saskatchewan farm groups that are hoping to ensure that Saskatchewan farmers are recognized and compensated for carbon sequestered from conservation practices, including zero‐till and continuous cropping. | File photo

Farm groups push for carbon recognition

The Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA) is encouraging the province’s farmers to participate in a review of the Government of Canada’s proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System regulations. The proposed regulations are open for a 60‐day comment period that concludes May 5. Farmers can click here to learn more about the proposed rules. The […] 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


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

Vilsack, who spoke virtually to the U.S. National Farmers Union annual convention, said he will be

U.S. ag secretary wants soil carbon market

Only a minute into his speech on March 1, United States 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 […] Read more