The climate change debate is often framed as a risk. Great Plains Institute President and CEO Rolf Nordstrom says it can also be an opportunity for farmers. “We envision a world where farmers are rewarded financially based, in part, on how much carbon their land practices are shown to remove from the atmosphere.” Farmers could be paid for certain management strategies, but there is one major hurdle. “We don’t yet have an agreed upon protocol for measuring and verifying which land practices store carbon. The public is not going to be eager to compensate for removing carbon if we can’t verify that the carbon is actually being removed.” Nordstrom recommends having farmers at the table when these carbon policies are developed. Without that transparency, Nordstrom says there will be mistrust about the programs. Listen to the entire interview.