More Midwestern states eligible for Cargill’s RegenConnect Program
Cargill is expanding its voluntary carbon program to 15 states this year.
Sustainability lead Nathan Fries tells Brownfield Cargill RegenConnect can help farmers capture more profitability from regenerative agricultural practices like cover crops and no-till while participating in the carbon marketplace.
“We expect over time that they’ll receive enhanced soil health benefits also, such as improved water absorption and drought tolerance on their soils, and increased yields as studies shows,” he says.
Fries says contracts are short-term and offer $25 per metric ton of carbon sequestered on corn, soybean, or wheat acres.
“We also provide technical agronomy support if the farmer has questions and we have other partners as well that can facilitate unique funding aspects such as the USDA programs,” he adds.
The program was piloted in six states last year including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. Growers in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota, and South Dakota will also be eligible for the program in the 2022-2023 crop season.