Client
Steve McKaskle, McKaskle Family Farm

Braggadocio, MO, 3,000 acres

Registered Project

Soil Enrichment Protocol Project with the Climate Action Reserve

Method

Agricultural Carbon Offsetting

Methodology

Regenerative Farming Practices eligible under Climate Action Reserve’s Soil Enrichment Protocol

Project Timeline

1

August 2021

McKaskle Family Farm agreed to join AgriCapture’s Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) project
2

August 2021 – March 2022

On-farm Consultations and Data Collection
3

September 2021

AgriCapture’s SEP project registered with Climate Action Reserve (CAR)
4

March – November 2022

Planting, Growing and Harvest Season
5

March – November 2022

AgriCapture’s measurement and analysis of outcomes/collected data
6

December 2022

Submission to carbon registry and validation and verification body

01 The Story

McKaskle Family Farm operates over 3,000 acres in Braggadocio, Missouri, positioned just west of the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. McKaskle Family Farm cultivates a variety of crops, including popcorn, Basmati and long-grain rice varieties, soybeans, corn, cotton, and oats. Steve is passionate about the future of farming in the Mississippi River Valley and wants to see more landowners and farmers incorporate climate-friendly growing practices.

02 The Landowner

Steve McKaskle started farming in 1973 as a fifth-generation farmer. Steve wholeheartedly believes in regenerative agriculture and the benefits it will bring to the industry globally. This is demonstrated by his pioneering efforts in organic weed and pest control, developing groundbreaking cultivation techniques with the USDA and helping companies develop transitional rice programs. Steve’s farm is the largest domestic producer of organic aromatic and long grain varieties of rice, securing relationships with notable companies such as Chipotle, Whole Foods Market, United Natural Foods, KeHE and Hiland Naturals.  Steve works tirelessly to ensure high-quality data collection and management. He passionately believes that you cannot effectively manage what you do not measure, and as such, the integrity of the data is his top priority.

03 The Ask

For Steve to financially benefit from his long-standing commitment to regenerative farming he needs AgriCapture’s expertise to successfully navigate previously unexplored market opportunities.

04 The Challenge

Carbon credits are based on additionality. Because Steve has practiced regenerative farming for some time, additionality will be harder for Steve to achieve which will make it more difficult to qualify for carbon credits. Like Steve, we believe he should be rewarded for being an early adopter in implementing climate-friendly practices, not penalized.

05 The Solution

AgriCapture will consult with Steve to continue evolving his growing design, emphasizing rice straw incorporation, reduced/low tillage, and sustainable field flooding management. Furthermore, AgriCapture will provide data management and analysis to prioritize the practices that generate the best results and provide the data that will be needed to apply for carbon credits.

AgriCapture will market McKaskle Family Farms’ products to capture climate friendly product premiums. Steve’s long-term efforts and focus on sustainable, regenerative practices add inherent value and should be priced accordingly.

Specifically, AgriCapture Supports Steve’s Efforts by:

  • Consulting on regenerative farming practices
  • Providing data management and analysis
  • Establishing connections to corporate buyers
  • Providing marketing and sales support

06 The Impact

For the environment: Carbon sequestration, GHG emissions reduction, water quality, and soil health

The climate-friendly growing design leads to:

  • Reducing methanogenesis
  • Returning carbon to the soil
  • Avoiding greenhouse gas emissions
  • Potential co-benefits including reduced water usage, improved air and nutrient-enriched soils which increase soil fertility, reduce the need for fertilizer application, and improve the decomposition process

For the landowner: New revenue streams and increased land value

  • Carbon offsets and insets
  • Climate Friendly product premiums
  • Marketing rights fees
  • Increased land value

“AgriCapture is making my farming operation more profitable by offering a turnkey solution to quantify and monetize my carbon offsets. Their team is also working with me to obtain a better price for my climate-friendly, sustainable rice and popcorn.”

Steve McKaskleMcKaskle Family Farm