Lee County, AK, 12,207 acres
Soil Enrichment Protocol Project with the Climate Action Reserve
Agricultural Carbon Offsetting
Regenerative Farming Practices eligible under Climate Action Reserve’s Soil Enrichment Protocol
01 The Story
Larry McClendon has been farming since 1975. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, McClendon continued to buy land around Lee County in eastern Arkansas. The 12,207 acres enrolled AgriCapture’s Soil Enrichment Project are a fraction of his highly diversified cotton, corn, soybean, grain sorghum and rice operation which includes two gins and a cotton warehouse.
02 The Farmer
Despite the size and complexity of his farming operation, Larry McClendon is known as a “hands-on” manager, making use of minimum tillage, cover crops, and other conservation practices to protect soil and water. Larry farmed through the 1980s and experienced extremely fluctuating cotton markets all while maintaining a commitment to conservation and sustainability innovation on his land. His stewardship of the environment, his conservation ethic and years of service to the cotton industry earned him the 2016 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award for the Delta region.
03 The Ask
AgriCapture is setting out to further Larry McClendon’s commitment to conservation by helping him navigate new revenue opportunities through carbon offset credit creation and bringing climate-friendly products to market at a premium price. Implementing climate-friendly farming practices will benefit the environment and require less input costs from year to year.
04 The Challenge
The process of collecting, tracking, measuring and verifying the benefits of regenerative and climate-friendly farming to generate carbon offset credits is a time-consuming process. Additionally, pitching climate-friendly products in hopes of securing a premium price agreement can take needed time away from the farming operation.
AgriCapture is managing the carbon offset credit generation process and negotiating product premiums for sustainable commodities so farmers like Larry McClendon can benefit from their regenerative farming practices.
06 The Impact
For the Environment: Carbon sequestration and co-benefits
- Increased carbon in the soil
- Avoided emissions
- Potential co-benefits including reduced water usage, improved air and nutrient-enriched soils which increase soil fertility, reduced need for fertilizer application, increased water retention, and improved long-term yields.
For the landowner: New revenue streams and increased land value
- Carbon offsets and insets
- Premiums for sustainably grown crops
- Marketing rights fees
- Increased land value
““We started piloting regenerative practices on our farms in 2019. We have steadily increased the number of acres employing regenerative practices, such as cover cropping and reduced tillage. I'm really encouraged by the early results and benefits."”Larry McClendonLarry McClendon Farms