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Year Organization Established a Carbon Program The Eco-Harvest market program launched in May 2022. ESMC had pilots running since 2019.
Affiliated Organization Type Non-profit, major Ag and commodity groups
Affiliated Organizations Partners include Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and AgTech companies, CME price discovery
Buyers secured The primary buyers include food and beverage processors, manufacturers and retailers. Corporate partners and buyers can also buy credits to offset their own emissions. The program focus is on scope 3 insetting, and companies can co-invest and co-share in generating carbon credits.
Payment Basis to Farmers  $/ton of carbon generated
Payment Amount and Details
Agricultural System Focus Cropland (corn, soy, wheat, and alfalfa cropping systems), Livestock
Eligible States Current Eco-Harvest program regions include the Midwest Corn and Soy Belt, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Great Lakes regions
Eligible Practices Cover cropping, tillage reduction, nutrient management, cropland grazing, and conservation cropping rotation.  Newly implemented edge-of-field (or within field) conversion of cropland to grassland can be included as an additional practice change. Conservation cropping rotations and intercropping are limited to no more than three crops in one reporting year and only crops included here: Corn, Sorghum, Millet, Sugar cane, Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Triticale, Sunflower, Canola/Rapeseed, Tomato, Eggplant, Soybean, Clover, Pea, Vetch, Rice, Cotton, Switchgrass, Miscanthus, Wheatgrass, Needlegrass, Timothy, Alfalfa.
Contract Length 5 years
Contract Details
Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Enrollment occurs through ESMC's online producer portal. ESMC-trained soil samplers are responsible for collecting samples from enrolled fields. Data on farming operations can be imported from other 3rd party platforms or entered directly by the producer.
Digital Tools for MRV ESMC’s online portal
Qualification/eligibility criteria To enroll in the program, producers must:
  • Be interested in adopting soil health and new conservation practices that benefit agricultural operations while improving environmental impacts.
  • Be interested in implementing improvements that exceed minimum standards set by law.
  • Provide proof of credit ownership rights
  • Be managing land that is not federally owned, has not been deforested or previously in natural areas in the past 10 years, and has not been converted from grassland to cropland in the past 10 years.li>
  • Ensure fields are not enrolled in another program generating credits, offsets or claims for GHG emission reduction
  • Be newly implementing at least one new practice
  • Operate within the program’s current regions and production systems
Minimum Acreage No minimum
Must land be owned? No, but must provide proof of credit ownership rights
Minimum Data Requirements
Years of management practice data needed
Does the program pay for past practices?
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For additional details, visit the Eco-Harvest by ESMC’s website