Large companies looking to offset their environmental impact are searching for carbon credits of the highest quality. They're turning to agriculture for purchase credits that support farmers in transitioning toward farming practices that reduce emissions and enrich the soil.
Indigo Carbon has the technology, support, and partnerships that enable farmers like you to generate high quality carbon credits that companies want to buy.
Sign up for Indigo Carbon (for free!), and get connected with companies who want to buy the credits you generate
Kick off by informing Indigo on which fields you have recently implemented or plan to implement new carbon farming practices. Indigo will provide the support you need as you move through the growing season.
Next you will report on your historic and current field management practices. Indigo will take the data and calculate how much carbon has been sequestered.
Indigo works with independent carbon credit verifiers and issuers to ensure the credits you generate abide by the highest industry standards, making them especially appealing to selective buyers.
Finally, Indigo sells the verified carbon credits after they are issued and pays you for the carbon credits you generated.
You plan to add or advance a regenerative practice (or have recently).
You grow a currently-supported crop.
You grow in an Indigo-supported state.
You provide the required information by deadlines.
Your land does not fall into certain uncommon ineligible categories.
We know carbon farming may be a big undertaking for you and your business, and we want to help you succeed. If you have questions, let’s talk.
Improve water availability during drought
Reduce erosion and retain more nitrogen
Improve field accessibility
Improve weed and disease control
Gain a new source of revenue with Indigo Carbon payments
Reduce herbicide and fertilizer input costs with more resilient soil
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What is a carbon credit?
A carbon credit is an offset purchased by companies and other buyers as one way to reduce their impact on the environment. As buyers make large scale commitments to drastically reduce their carbon footprint, they want to purchase carbon credits - which represent greenhouse gases removed or avoided - to drive environmental change beyond what they are capable of today within their organizations.
Verified carbon credits are approved and issued by third-party carbon credit issuers, in order to demonstrate the validity and value of the credit to buyers. When documented with evidence, carbon credits make it easier and more effective for organizations to reduce total carbon emissions.
Over the past year, companies all over the US and organizations throughout the world have been making multi-billion-dollar commitments to curb their impact on the environment. As of last year, nearly one quarter of all Fortune 500 companies have made a carbon neutrality commitment, an exponential increase over just a few years prior.
How are carbon credits different from other things I produce?
Carbon credits operate much like commodities. If you produce corn to sell, the buyer will want to know the quantity and quality. Grain handlers will want to facilitate that trade by meeting those information needs. So they weigh your corn and test it for quality so the buyer can have confidence in your product. Similarly, carbon credits estimate and track quantity through modeling and soil samples and protect for quality by creating stipulations on additionality and leakage. These quantification and qualification standards ensure the buyer gets the product they desire while the seller has a quality product to sell that earns top dollar.
Who certifies the validity of credits?
3rd party registries and their project verification processes help to ensure the integrity and value of carbon credits. Discerning buyers require credits be certified by a reputable carbon registry such as Climate Action Reserve or Verra. These independent registries reassure buyers that when they purchase a certified carbon credit worth 1 metric ton of CO2e that the carbon credit indeed represents 1 metric ton of CO2e sequestered and/or abated. If you’re considering producing a carbon crop, make sure that you consider how to maximize its value.
3rd party auditing is not the same as registry certification. Data auditing is a necessary step in any reputable carbon program, but its purpose is to ensure the quality of the data you provide. The registry certification process ensures that every aspect of the project meets high standards of quality and scientific integrity, which assures buyers of the value of your credits.
How do I get paid?
Indigo Carbon pays you in cash for the carbon credits you generate. Other programs may pay you in cryptocurrency or in company reward dollars/rebates. Growers are paid in installments vesting over multiple calendar years, per their contracts.
What do I get paid for?
Indigo Carbon awards carbon credits for the carbon you sequester into your soil (e.g., by planting cover crops) and for the greenhouse gas emissions you abate (e.g., by reducing your fertilizer use).
Will the demand for your credits be there in the future?
The current and future value of agriculture-based carbon credits is built on the scientific robustness of the registry-approved methodologies. For example, reputable programs will require you to adopt new carbon farming practice(s) (e.g., no-till, cover cropping). While this “additionality” standard may be frustrating for some, it is a bedrock standard across reputable carbon markets that helps ensure each credit truly offsets a buyer’s emissions and retains its value now and into the future.
At Indigo Carbon, we have seen demand for these high quality, agriculture based carbon credits grow, with many commitments from our buyer partners into the future.
Make sure you sign up for a carbon credit program before you adopt new practice changes. That way you will be able to not only reap the benefits of improved soil health but also get paid for it!
What resources will be available to support my success?
Adopting new carbon farming practices means adjusting your management system. While carbon farming practices offer many agronomic benefits, Indigo Carbon provides access to regional experts & tailored agronomic tools which can help you avoid common mistakes & pitfalls.