Project
Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) Project

Registered with the Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

Offset Generation Method

Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Abatement

Methodology

Regenerative farming practices and Climate Action Reserve’s Soil Enrichment Protocol

Acres, Crop Types and Locations

51,691 acres of row crop farmland in the Mississippi River Valley producing cotton, corn, soybeans, and rice in the following locations:

  • Desha, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties, Arkansas;
  • Coahoma and Quitman counties, Mississippi;
  • Hayti and Pemiscot counties, Missouri;
  • Catahoula County, Louisiana

Project Timeline

1

August 2021

Land Assessment Process
2

August – March 2022

Baseline Data Collection Period and On-farm Consultations
3

September 2021

AgriCapture’s Soil Enrichment Project is registered and listed with the Climate Action Reserve
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 Board

01 The Story

Agriculture, forestry, and land use accounts for 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but only two percent of US Agricultural Land is enrolled in Carbon Offsetting Initiatives. However, soil is one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, with 3.1x the capacity of the atmosphere and holding 80% of the Earth’s terrestrial carbon. Regenerative agricultural practices increase and accelerate the amount of carbon stored in the soil, while simultaneously reducing emissions from agricultural operations.

AgriCapture, along with four major landowners in the Mississippi River Valley, have set out to showcase the environmental and economic benefits of regenerative agriculture practices. This effort will expand public awareness of soil health and inspire wider adoption of regenerative agriculture practices throughout the region and generate new revenue streams for landowners implementing these practices.

02 The Landowners

AgriCapture is an organization founded by landowners for landowners.  As such, we partner with other like-minded landowners seeking to further capitalize on their sustainable land management practices and advance agriculture as a natural solution to climate change. We will continue to add acres to our initial project listing by partnering with landowners and advising them on the implementation of regenerative farming practices. For the initial launch of the SEP project, we partnered with the following landowners:

  • LandFund Partners – 26,006 acres
  • McClendon Land Co – 12,207 acres
  • David B. Griffin – 12,903 acres
  • McKaskle Family Farm – 575 acres

03 The Ask

Help landowners identify and implement climate-friendly practices, at no added net cost, by generating new revenue streams and positively impacting climate change as a result.

04 The Challenges

Traditional farming practices have a stronghold in the region and in many cases, this is due to a need to drive short-term results. Many landowners/farmers are already operating on thin margins and while new revenue streams sound enticing, implementing new practices may seem risky.

To complicate matters, collecting, aggregating, and analyzing historical data is a challenge in a space where tillage depth, soil health, and fertilizer application information is not widely kept or easily captured.

Not to mention that results need to be trusted and verified. Landowners should benefit from their verified results and climate-conscious companies need to be confident that their investments are creating a real carbon impact.

05 The Solution

Generating Real Impact for the Environment and the Landowner

AgriCapture will work with landowners to implement regenerative farming practices that improve soil health and reduce emissions from traditional historical farming practices. This is good for the environment and the landowner as our co-developed and data-informed growing plans are designed to optimize agricultural, financial, and environmental outcomes.

Adhering to High Standards to Ensure Quality Outcomes

To ensure the highest quality outcomes, AgriCapture and partners will adhere to Climate Action Reserve’s Soil Enrichment Protocol which provides guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify agricultural practices that enhance carbon storage in soils.

Providing End to End Value Chain Expertise

To help landowners navigate it all, AgriCapture is providing end-to-end value chain management that includes on-farm consultations, data management and analysis services, and leveraging strategic partnerships to assist landowners to capitalize on their regenerative efforts.

06 The Impact

For the environment: Carbon sequestration and several co-benefits

The climate-friendly design and the collective adjustments outlined above should lead to:

  • Increasing carbon in the soil
  • Reducing methanogenesis
  • Avoiding emissions
  • There are several 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. With AgriCapture’s support, we will be able to quantify our real impact on the land and pursue new opportunities that positively impact our bottom line.”

Larry McClendonMcClendon Land Co.