Why Do You Need My Data?

When farmers and ranchers enroll in a carbon program, one step in the process is data collection. Why? Data collected at the farm or ranch level is used to gain an understanding of the current operation and evaluate the current and future sustainability impact through sequestering soil organic carbon. The data points collected help to […]

Take That to the Soil Bank

Agoro Carbon Alliance in Wisconsin

Soil erosion is a problem. On a purely economic basis, the loss of topsoil is like losing hard spent fertilizer dollars. For most soils, among the highest concentrations of soil nutrients, like potash and phosphorus, are found in the topsoil.  Many times, this zone is where the fertilizer nutrients are applied, and this is where […]

Carbon Cropping Challenges in the Northern U.S., Thoughts from an Agronomist

There are inherent challenges with introducing new conservation practices on any farm.  Whether it is in a corn, soybean or wheat field or others, these challenges may be the same or they may be unique, depending on a variety of factors.  When an additional layer of constraint is added to these systems, the challenge can […]

Carbon Markets Explained

What are carbon markets and why are they important? Essentially, carbon markets were created to put a price on pollution. Although polluting land, water, and air has long been treated as if it were “free,” it definitely comes at a price—one that we all pay in the form of environmental degradation. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions […]