CIBO uses advanced technologies deliver a deep understanding of agricultural systems to help mitigate climate change, advance food system resilience, and improve grower outcomes through driving the adoption of sustainable practices. CIBO is currently offering two carbon programs, plus a program to reward early adopters of sustainable practices. It also offers a program to compensate growers to validate remotely sensed data.
|Year Organization Established a Carbon Program||2021|
|Affiliated Organization Type||Standalone carbon company|
|Affiliated Organizations||Continuum Ag|
The website lists a handful of small companies as customers: Flagship Pioneering, People's Company, and BloomThink. CIBO allows growers to sell directly to buyers.
|CIBO Carbon Bridge (Get paid for practice implementation)||CIBO Carbon Credits (Verra) (Get paid for carbon credits)|
|Payment Basis to Farmers||$/Acre for practice implementation||$/ton of carbon generated|
|Payment Amount and Details||In year one: up to $35/acre for cover crop and no-till; up to $14/acre for cover crop only; and up to $14/acre for no-till only. Payments go down each year up to year four. Starting in year five, Producers generate credits to sell.||Payment is made when credits are sold at market price|
|Agricultural System Focus||Cropland||Cropland|
|Eligible Practices||Cover crops, no-till/strip-till, reduced nitrogen||Cover crops, no-till/strip-till, reduced nitrogen|
|Contract Length||10 years||10 years|
|Contract Details||10 years with annual opt-out beginning in year four. Participants are allowed to stack incentives with other programs as long as those programs’ incentives are not based on carbon sequestration on the same acreage.||Ten years, with annual opt-out beginning in year four. Conventional tillage disqualifies Producers from the program. Practices prior to Fall 2020 are not credited.|
|Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)||CIBO provides free agronomic support. CIBO’s verification process uses remote satellite sensing, computer vision, producer attestation, and physical inspection to confirm that a practice happened. CIBO verifies tillage practice, cover cropping, cash crop emergence, nitrogen application, and many other practices||Enrolled fields in CIBO Carbon are verified for free. CIBO technology verifies, quantifies, and reports on results. CIBO technology supports credit generation under the Verra protocol.|
|Digital Tools for MRV||CIBO uses the CIBO Impact platform for modeling and remote satellite sensing at scale to quantify the reduction in GHG emissions that come from adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.||CIBO uses the CIBO Impact platform for modeling and remote satellite sensing at scale to quantify the reduction in GHG emissions that come from adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.|
|Qualification/eligibility criteria||Adoption of new practices in Fall 2020 or later. Maintenance of practices over the contract period. No land use changes within the past ten years (i.e., wetland conversion, forest removal, etc.). Producer must have operated on the land for at least three years prior to change in practice. Conventional tillage disqualifies from the program. If a producer plants a cover crop that does not emerge, they are not eligible for a cover crop payment that year. They remain eligible for the CIBO Carbon Bridge program for other practices in that year and for cover crop the following year.||Producers need to participate in Carbon Bridge for a minimum of four years before they can generate credits through CIBO Carbon Adoption of new practices in Fall 2020 or later. Maintenance of practices at all times. No land use changes within the past ten years (i.e., wetland conversion, forest removal, etc.).|
|Must land be owned?|
|Minimum Data Requirements||CIBO uses remote sensing as the main source of field management data. If for any reason they cannot verify practices using remote sensing, then the Producer is required to provide electronic planting records, receipts, or other data on a case-by-case basis.||CIBO uses remote sensing as the main source of field management data. If for any reason they cannot verify practices using remote sensing, then the Producer is required to provide electronic planting records, receipts, or other data on a case-by-case basis.|
|Years of management practice data needed|
|Does the program pay for past practices?||Yes, for practices adopted starting in Fall 2020|
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Program information was validated by a program representative in October 2022.
For additional details, visit the CIBO’s website