TOP 10 Things You Wanted to Know About Ag Carbon Markets

This guidebook aims to help farmers, ag advisors, and conservation professionals better navigate emerging agricultural carbon market opportunities. Corporations with sustainability goals are trying to satisfy some of their targets by purchasing carbon credits, some of which can be generated by farmers who adopt “climate-smart practices” 

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The guidebook titled “TOP 10 Things You Wanted to Know About Ag Carbon Markets,” which was published by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), aspires to provide farmers, agricultural (ag) advisors, and conservation professionals with helpful insights concerning the emerging ag carbon markets and climate-smart farming practices. Specifically, this guide offers an in-depth analysis by compiling frequently asked questions from farmers, aiming to elucidate the intricacies of the market landscape and facilitate farmers’ engagement in ag carbon markets.

The TOP 10 list contains the following questions:
1. What is an ag carbon market, and why are farmers being asked to join?
2. Just how many ag carbon markets are there, and how do they differ?
3.What the heck is additionality, why is it so important, and how does it affect me?
4. How is the government involved in agricultural carbon markets?
5. Am I eligible to participate?
6. What are the current ag carbon markets paying for (practices or outcomes)?
7. They want to look at my what?! What information and access do I have to provide? 8. How long are the contracts & who’s liable if something goes wrong?
9. Money matters: How can I make a market work for me?
10. How do I know which carbon market is right for me, and where can I get more information? 

AFT by addressing these questions sheds light on topics such as climate-smart practices and explaining market mechanisms. The guidebook also underscores the importance of federal government involvement and supporting legislation in carbon market initiatives. Additionally, it deciphers many key logistical aspects, including eligibility criteria for participation, required farmer information, contract duration, and access to critical details. .


The perspectives outlined in the ag carbon markets guide are portrayed in CARBONICA’s localised efforts to promote the implementation of climate-resilient methods in the field of agriculture. By taking into consideration the key points addressed by AFT, CARBONICA project can benefit on its way to supporting  the development of business opportunities in carbon farming by attracting innovators and investors, thereby enhancing the uptake of carbon farming practices.

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