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Climate-smart agriculture practices result in a 37,000 tons of CO2 equivalent reduction in emissions

NASHVILLE, TENN., June 11 – AgriCapture, a leading certifier of Climate-Friendly farming practices and generator of high integrity agricultural emissions reduction credits, announced today its receipt of the first large-scale issuance of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) carbon credits generated from the rice industry in the United States. The credits are issued by Climate Action Reserve, a global carbon registry known for its rigorous issuing process, under the Soil Enrichment Protocol.

AgriCapture generates these high-quality reduction credits through the implementation and in-house monitoring of economically viable and sustainable agriculture solutions and sells them to companies seeking to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce water usage, and support American farmers.

This batch of credits was generated by cultivating rice with practices that conserve water and reduce GHG emissions with an emphasis on methane (CH4) reduction.

Methane, a product of conventional rice production, has a global warming potential (GWP) approximately 81 times more potent than CO2, over a 20-year period1. The credits represent the equivalent of 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduced thanks to climate-smart agriculture practices that reduce both CO2 and CH4.

AgriCapture’s ability to collect field-specific data, quantify environmental benefits, and accurately report on emissions reductions guarantees the high quality and integrity of the carbon credits. This work also helps support American farmers by making farming a more financially viable profession.

Rice production represented by this credit issuance was cultivated across 455 rice fields in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Texas with practices that also saved over 9 billion gallons of water. This provides an additional environmental and economic benefit for farmers and purchasers and helps make the production of one of the world’s “thirstiest” and most consumed crops more climate friendly.

“AgriCapture is committed to revolutionizing the agricultural industry by encouraging and incentivizing sustainable farming practices that improve efficiency and productivity. By creating the highest quality carbon credits, we are building a financial instrument to transition US farming to low carbon intensity practices.”

Tyler Hull, President of AgriCapture

“U.S. rice farmers are leading the charge towards a sustainable future with innovative irrigation methods and other methane and water-reducing techniques that don’t impact yield. AgriCapture’s method to incentivize sustainable practices has the potential to transform traditional rice farming in the United States and beyond”

Peter Bachmann, President and CEO of USA Rice Federation

About AgriCapture

AgriCapture is the leading certifier of Climate-Friendly farming practices and a generator of high integrity agricultural emissions reduction and removal credits. AgriCapture creates economically viable, market-based solutions for cultivating crops and conserving land while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AgriCapture’s work helps build climate-friendly supply chains by offering farmers technical assistance and certification for Climate-Friendly crops cultivated with sustainable practices, generating carbon credits for corporations who are reducing and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions, and empowering consumers to consciously select Climate-Friendly products. Looking for insetting or crop sourcing services? Learn more about our other services here.

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  1. Kathleen A. Mar, Charlotte Unger, Ludmila Walderdorff, Tim Butler,
    Beyond CO2 equivalence: The impacts of methane on climate, ecosystems, and health,
    Environmental Science & Policy,
    Volume 134,
    Pages 127-136,
    ISSN 1462-9011,
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