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Year Organization Established a Carbon Program 2018
Affiliated Organization Type Indigo is an agribusiness start-up company with divisions in crop marketing, seed treatment technology, commodity transportation, as well as carbon
Affiliated Organizations Soil Metrics, TellusLabs
Buyers secured
Payment Basis to Farmers  $/ton of carbon generated
Payment Amount and Details $20/ton/. Indigo sells credits to corporate buyers and other organizations and farmers get paid for the carbon credits they earn. In general, payments are in 5 installments vesting over 5 calendar years.
Agricultural System Focus Cropland
Eligible States Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin ( 2022 eligible states)
Eligible Practices Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice, such as adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage, improving nitrogen timing, or diversifying your rotation. For 2022, practice changes conducted from post-harvest 2020 through harvest 2022 are eligible.
Contract Length 5 years
Contract Details Indigo contracts with farmers for a 5 year initial term with annual renewals thereafter.
Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Farmers need to record  historical and current season management data into the software platform, and Indigo takes soil samples on a subset of fields.
Digital Tools for MRV Indigo Atlas
Qualification/eligibility criteria
To be eligible for payment in Indigo Carbon, farmers are required to:
  • Farm field crops in a currently eligible state (U.S.) or select countries in Europe.
  • Implement at least one new carbon farming practice prior to the first carbon credit crop.
  • Submit all field and management information by required deadlines.
  • Demonstrate an increase in overall carbon sequestered and GHG emissions abated over the farm’s unique “baseline,” as determined by Indigo, using farm management information.
Minimum Acreage
Must land be owned? No but have to show proof of control of land for the 5-year period
Minimum Data Requirements Crop types, planting and harvest date, manure application rate, other organic amendment rate, synthetic N fertilizer application rate, crop harvest method (grain only, grain and straw/stover, or whole crop), irrigation rate, flooding, depth of tillage, animal stocking rate. Soil samples.
Years of management practice data needed
Does the program pay for past practices? Yes
Additional information
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For additional details, visit the Indigo website