Written July, 2021
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How to Grow and Sell Carbon Credits in US Agriculture

The emerging agriculture credits market can be currently characterized as an unarticulated patch of coexisting programs with different rules, incentives, and penalties, rather than as a cohesive and transparent market where the same activity has the same implication across programs. In its formative stage, the incipient agriculture credits market is very dynamic, focused on testing protocols through small-scale pilot programs, and lacks transparency and liquidity. This report compares the requirements to grow and sell carbon and environmental services credits across eleven private voluntary agricultural programs in the United States. The side-by-side comparison of the 11 programs is organized into four groups, corresponding to Tables 1-4 in the accompanying PDF: carbon and ecosystem services credit entities, carbon credit entities, input suppliers, and data platforms.

 

Alejandro Plastina, extension economist, 515-294-6160, plastina@iastate.edu

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Alejandro Plastina

extension economist
515-294-6160
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