Starting no-till, cover cropping or any other conservation-minded practice takes time, research and effort, and for farmers who rent land, it might not seem worth it when the land could switch hands the next year.
The companies say the current market for carbon credits is $15 for every ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestered and farmers that are enrolled in the program before March 15 will be guaranteed that price.
With the global epidemic of food waste, valuable on-farm inputs are thrown out along with the food. For example,19% of all fertilizer is lost to food waste in the United States; worldwide that number increases to 23%.
This past year, prevent plant acres soared to a new record of 20 million. What that number fails to account for are the acres that did get planted but maybe shouldn’t have, and what field conditions mean for 2020.