USDA’s Resources Conservation Service awarded a CIG grant in 2011 to the Delta Institute to develop a program for farmers to receive greenhouse gas emissions reductions payments from the voluntary implementation of more efficient nitrogen fertilizer management techniques.
Through the project, Delta Institute developed and field-tested a streamlined quantification technique, which measures the impacts of conservation on reducing nitrous oxide emissions. These conservation practices reduce nitrous oxide emissions through more efficient use of nitrogen fertilizers.
The project uses American Carbon Registry methodology for verified credits that can then be sold through voluntary carbon markets.
Profits from the credit sales will be returned to the farmer, marking the first-of-its-kind credit transaction to reduce agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. The effort focuses on corn farmers in the North Central Region, spanning twelve states from Ohio to the Dakotas.