Ecosystem Markets. Built for Producers. Backed by Science.
ESMC is proud to introduce the Eco-Harvest market program, an innovative ecosystem services solution for agriculture. Eco-Harvest rewards producers for beneficial environmental outcomes from regenerative agriculture – including increased soil carbon, reduced greenhouse gases, and improved water quality.
Through the Eco-Harvest program, ESMC sells producer credits to buyers in the agricultural value chain. Our unique alliance enables co-investment and cooperation at scale. By generating credits that food and beverage companies seek, Eco-Harvest enables our members and society to meet high priority climate change and sustainability goals. Eco-Harvest is science-based, and designed for producers, providing them autonomy to decide what practices/systems changes to adopt from a menu of choices. The program recognizes and rewards the invaluable public benefits of producers’ environmental stewardship on private land.
As a non-profit, public-private partnership, ESMC and our members designed and are launching a credible, high-integrity market program. Market program launch follows years of due diligence and agricultural supply chain co-investment, implementation, testing, and refinement. Eco-Harvest brings science, speed, integrity and scale to regenerative agricultural systems – ensuring credits are high quality and generated in a streamlined program. ESMC only recovers costs and does not make a profit, maximizing returns for producers and partners alike.
Participating in Eco-Harvest: The Steps
Producer outreach, engagement and technical assistance enables practice change; enrollment, soil sampling, credit quantification and verification, generation, and credit sale, results in payments.
Eco-Harvest Eligibility Information for Producers
Producers interested in Eco-Harvest enrollment need to be:
- Producers who are interested in adopting soil health systems and new conservation practices that benefit their agricultural operations while improving environmental impacts.
- Producers interested in implementing improvements that exceed minimum standards set by law.
- Producers who can provide proof of credit ownership rights, including explicit authorization from the responsible agency for any rented fields on state or local-government owned land.
- Producers managing land that is not federally owned, has not been deforested or previously in natural areas in the past 10 years, and has not been converted from grassland to cropland in the past 10 years.
- Producers with fields that are not enrolled in another ecosystem service program that generates credits, offsets, or claims related to soil carbon sequestration and/or changes in GHGs.
- Producers operating within specific ESMC Protocol regions & production systems. Current Eco-Harvest program regionsinclude the Midwest Corn and Soy Belt, Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, and Great Lakes regions for corn, soy, wheat, and alfalfa cropping systems.
- Producers who are newly implementing at least one of the following practice changes on cropland: cover cropping, tillage reduction, nutrient management, cropland grazing, and conservation cropping rotation*. Newly implemented edge-of-field (or within field) conversion of cropland to grassland can be included as an additional practice change. Producers are encouraged to enroll fields that are also eligible for federal, state, and local cost-share programs that incentivize conservation practice implementation. Check with your local NRCS office to see if there are incentives available in your area that can provide up-front financing to lower costs and increase returns.
*Conservation cropping rotations and intercropping are limited to no more than three crops in one reporting year and only crops included here: Corn, Sorghum, Millet, Sugar cane, Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Triticale, Sunflower, Canola/Rapeseed, Tomato, Eggplant, Soybean, Clover, Pea, Vetch, Rice, Cotton, Switchgrass, Miscanthus, Wheatgrass, Needlegrass, Timothy, Alfalfa.
**For Producers operating on newly acquired land who are not aware of prior land practices, remote sensing can be used to ensure cover crops or reduced tillage have not been used in the past 10 years.
- There are no minimum or maximum acreage enrollment limits. Producers are not required to enroll all their acreage either at sign-up or at any time.
- Producers can phase in more acres and/or practices over time as they see fit.
- Producers are not required to relinquish data ownership or purchase new inputs, subscriptions, etc.
- Producers pay no fees and do not have to purchase inputs to participate in Eco-Harvest.
- Producers enroll in 5-year contracts with Eco-Harvest. With 2022 launch, producers can enroll for the 2023 reporting year.
To contact an ESMC staff person and express interest in enrolling, please complete the producer form here.