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 […]

Carbon Farming Podcast Ep. 9: Sustainable & Profitable Conservation Farming

In this episode we visit with Frank Rademacher, a farmer from East Central Illinois with several years experience in sustainable practice changes on his farm.  Frank and his family farm a corn and soybean rotation and have been continuously been practicing no-till and cover cropping for the last 5-8 years. Using strategies like crimping high […]

Understanding The Carbon Cycle In Farming

Carbon naturally cycles through agroecosystems in all management systems, but some systems are better than others for increasing soil organic carbon (SOC). Crop roots and residues add carbon to soil organic matter (SOM) and microbial respiration eventually emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Soil organic matter is over 50% soil organic carbon (SOC), and […]

Finding Value In The Carbon Markets

In this article from Seed World magazine, Agoro Carbon’s Regional Sales Manager Jerry Stephens highlights how farmers can benefit from the carbon market. “I don’t sell anything to producers, I can only buy carbon credits,” says Agoro Carbon Alliance Regional Sales Manager, Jerry Stephens. “Right now, the methodology for creating carbon credits is where Agoro Carbon is […]

Illinois study shows universally positive effect of cover crops on soil microbiome

Microbial activity in soils is responsible for so many of the natural, critical processes involved with growing crops- most of which we take for granted! Nutrient cycling, aggregate stability, and so many symbiotic relationships between plant roots and microbes make growing the phenomenal crops that we do possible and sustainable. This new global analysis from […]

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 […]

Why I Chose To Join The Agoro Carbon Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsvVpDDJQds Watch third generate dryland wheat farmer, Devin Moon, explain why he choose to get his farm involved with the Agoro Carbon carbon cropping program.

How Can Early Adopters Benefit From Carbon Farming?

Most of the regenerative farming practices are not new, but are back in the spotlight and part of carbon credit programs. Can legacy conservationists – who have been carbon farming for many years already – still benefit from the carbon markets? As an agronomist, I advise them the following:  I hear a lot of frustration […]

Cover Crops & Carbon Sequestration

For many years prior to the industrialization and mechanization of agriculture in the early to mid-20th century cover crops were an integral component of many farm operations – Thomas Jefferson even wrote about them in his farm journal. In modern agriculture cover crops have gained immense popularity amongst progressive and innovative farmers and ranchers as […]