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Workshops set for carbon credit sign-up


| Sourced From The Independent |

GRAND ISLAND

A number of area communities will be among the 16 Nebraska communities hosting workshops on carbon credits for farm operators and landowners.

The workshops are being sponsored by AgraGate Climate Credits Corp. Chad Martin and Lowell Mesman, aggregation specialists for AgraGate, will present the sessions Jan. 5 through Jan. 9.

Martin said the emerging carbon credits market is a new revenue opportunity for farm operators.

“Farmers with no-tillage or strip-tillage practices and those with newly seeded grasses such as CRP, hay ground or pasture, are eligible to participate,” he said.

Martin said the meetings are open to any farm operator or landowner interested in learning more about this new market.

He said to bring FSA 578s along with field maps. They will help with contracts.

AgraGate has enrolled more than 5 million carbon credits 26 states under the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

Carbon sequestration is the long-term storage of carbon in the soil or in the ocean so that the buildup of concentration of carbon dioxide (the principal greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere will reduce or slow.

Throughout the photosynthesis process, plants take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of their growing process. The carbon ends up in plant residue and the roots system, which over time builds up in the soil.

Under the carbon exchange concept, industries that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere can purchase carbon credits.

Those credits allow them to offset some of those emissions through farmers who store carbon in the soil through no-till crop production that leaves 30 percent or more crop residue on the land or through long-term grass-seeding practices.

Farming practices such as no-till or unbroken range and pasture land are good methods of long-term soil carbon storage.

Additional information on the meetings is available at AgraGate by calling toll-free at (866) 633-6758 or by visiting www.agragate.com.

In related news, John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, said the CCX has announced that after Jan. 30, 2009, carbon credit contracts for prescribed grazing on native rangeland will no longer be eligible for the 2003-2007 bonus years.

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