The Farmers Union Carbon Credit Programlast updated: March 2009

Farmers Union’s Carbon Credit Program allows ag producers to earn income by storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production, long-term grass seeding practices, native rangeland enhancement, forestry, and methane capture projects.

Carbon storage or “sequestration” helps offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is one of six “greenhouse gases” that trap heat in the atmosphere, producing an increase in the temperature of the earth or “global warming,” according to scientists. Farmers Union has earned approval from the Chicago Climate Exchange to aggregate carbon credits.

Farmers Union enrolls producer acreages of carbon projects into blocks of credits that are traded on the Exchange, much like other agricultural commodities are traded. Environmentally concerned companies and other emitting entities purchase credits daily on the Exchange to help meet their emissions reduction schedule. Once the credits are sold, producers earn income based on the acres they have enrolled. This program is entirely voluntary, but once a contract is signed, the terms are legally binding on all parties.


Eligible Land and Credit Earning Potential
No-Till: Carbon credits are issued at the rate of .2 to .6 metric tons of carbon per acre annually to participants
who commit to continuous conservation tillage on enrolled land for at least five (5) future years. ln most cases,
credit can be earned for the previous year. Enrolled acres may be planted in low residue crops (i.e. beans, peas, lentils) no more than three of the contract years. Alfalfa or other hayed forage will be considered as no-till for these contracts.

Seeded Grass Stands: Carbon credits are earned at a rate of .4-1.0 metric tons per acre annually, even if
enrolled in CRP. Grass stands seeded prior to January 1, 1999, are not eligible for enrollment in the program.

Credits can be earned back to 2003 with proper documentation.
Native Rangeland: Grassland with a formal grazing plan, may earn up to .52 tons/acre annually. Credits can be earned back to 2003 with proper documentation.

Forestry: New trees planted after 1990, can earn carbon credits annually, provided no harvest is intended.

Methane Offset: Methane captured and/or destroyed can earn carbon credit. Animal waste systems, including
anaerobic digesters and covered lagoons, can be enrolled. Each ton of methane captured earns 21 tons of
carbon credits.

Common Questions regarding Carbon Credits

Select one of the offset types listed below for more information or to enroll your acres.
Native Rangeland

Contact The Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program

Contact The Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program

Liz Mathern
Program Specialist
1415 12th Ave SE
PO Box 2136
Jamestown , North Dakota  58401
Phone: (701) 952-6156


Service Area

National service provider

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