‘Carbon’ is certainly a buzzword in agriculture nowadays. While farmers have been farming sustainably for many years, these practices are being brought to light now more than ever. Agricultural companies are even starting to pay farmers who implement climate-smart farming practices to carbon in the soil. “These practices include implementing no-till, strip-till and cover crops. They’ll then receive up to $9 per acre as a reward for adopting these practices. ” says Lisa Streck, Bayer Carbon Program lead. “Carbon markets are very new and complex, so we’re structured this program to offer simplicity in an ever-evolving market.” Farmer feedback from the first year of the Bayer program did praise the simplistic approach to carbon sequestration. Streck says this allows farmers to “do what they do best” which is producing a crop. “They don’t have to decipher the amount of carbon that they sequester,” adds Streck. “In 2021, we’ve added an additional eight states to our eligible geography. Farmers who’ve also implemented climate-smart farming practices after 2012 are also included.” Farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota are all eligible for this program. More information is available on the Bayer Carbon Program website. Listen to the full story.