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Year Organization Established a Carbon Program 2021
Affiliated Organization Type Crop Nutrition
Affiliated Organizations Yara
Buyers secured
Payment Basis to Farmers $/ton of carbon generated
Payment Amount and Details The program has two different payment options for growers to be able to utilize on their contract with The Agoro Carbon Alliance. Growers are encouraged to reach out to an Agoro Carbon Cropping Specialist to find which program is the best fit. A "typical" grower payment amount would be offered forward flat priced payments in years 1-4 for an implemented practice and then followed by two "true-up" payments in years 5 and 10 based on soil sampling results and data verification. The forward payments help compensate for practice implementation risks while the true up payments can personalize the payment for the grower based on how their soils have done sequestering carbon. In this scenario the price floor for carbon is $16.50/ton.
Agricultural System Focus Cropland, crops covered include Corn/Soy, Cereal, Vegetables, Fruits, Livestock
Eligible States U.S. states, pilots in India, Brazil and Spain
Eligible Practices Tillage practices (reduced till or no-till), nitrogen rate reduction, cover crop implementation, grazing management, biodiversity addition to rangeland, and nitrogen efficiency by adding N-containing fertilizers to help optimize carbon storage on pasture/rangeland.
Contract Length 10 years
Contract Details If grower cannot continue to rent the land, and the landowner cannot continue the contract, then the grower would have to pay back the received forward payments if the forward payment option was chosen and if this scenario happened before the first true up payment in year 5.
Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Agoro works with independent partners to verify practices. The program has Carbon Cropping Specialists who meet with growers to help them through the process. A program rep will perform soil sampling, this is required every 3-4 years. The program also uses satellite imagery to capture data.
Digital Tools for MRV The program has an online portal to be able to enter data, but will also use carbon cropping specialists to help assist growers in collecting data with the emphasis on ease of grower data collection.
Qualification/eligibility criteria Farm must be in USA, min 500 acres, have been in crop production for at least 5 years, have not already implemented the practices
Minimum Acreage 500 acres
Must land be owned? No- but the grower should inform landowner and attest to Agoro Carbon that such rights will remain in place for the entire duration of the program
Minimum Data Requirements Historical data for 3 years prior to practice implementation, and carbon cropping specialists are available to assist in collection of this data. If implementing new practices, there is no need to provide data, or if you are unaware what a previous operator of the ground did before you took over the piece of land you do not need to provide data.
Years of management practice data needed 3 years
Does the program pay for past practices? No, but have a 1-year lookback to be able to qualify for the program. For example, if you did cover crops in winter of 2021 you would qualify for the program in 2022.
Additional information The program currently has over 800,000 acres signed up throughout the United States and pilot programs starting in other countries such as India, Brazil, and Spain. The program’s FAQ document can be viewed here.
Payment Calculator Agoro Carbon Alliance has an online simulation calculator that allows farmers to project average annual benefits based on their location, acreage and practices they are willing to implement. It is advised to contact a cropping specialist to get a personalized quote.

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Program information was validated by a program representative in April 2022.

For additional details, visit the Agoro Carbon Alliance’s website.