Farmers & Ranchers

Our Program

In 2022 ESMC is launching a national ecosystem services market program that pays farmers and ranchers for quantified, verified, certified, and outcomes-based soil carbon, net greenhouse gases, water quality and water conservation credits generated from regenerative agricultural practices. The program is currently operating in a soft launch phase through projects across the country in which we are generating and selling credits to meet existing market demand. Our program is operating in all major cropping and livestock systems.

At launch, our program will allow farmers and ranchers anywhere in the country to enroll to undertake a journey to improved resilience, climate change mitigation, and improved environmental outcomes in a program that pays and recognizes them for their services.

ESMC’s market program design is both innovative and unique. We generate multiple “stacked” credits in our program, going beyond the benefits of improving soil carbon and reducing greenhouse gases. The same land stewardship practices that impact soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions often have additional benefits, including improved water quality and water conservation, as well as biodiversity benefits such as habitat for pollinators, insects, and birds. Our market program rewards farmers and ranchers for all these benefits, not just carbon credits.

ESMC’s science-based standards-based protocols are being tested and refined in projects with our members today and are undergoing certification by independent standard-setting organizations.

ESMC’s 34 Producer Circle Members serve as an in-house focus group and advisory committee on program delivery, including development of outreach materials and program operations. The Producer Circle is vitally important to provide farmer and rancher input while pilot testing ESMC’s innovative program.

We are committed to making racial justice, equality, equity, inclusion, a celebration of Pride, and diversity a central part of our focus, our work, our communications, and our conversations. Read more about our inclusion and racial justice work.

What You Can Do

In the period until full market program launch in 2022, we are testing our entire program with member organizations, operating currently in key production regions and systems over half of the continental US through pilot projects. The only way for producers to get involved prior to market program launch is in one of the pilot projects, which are led by ESMC member partners. These projects allow members and producers a unique opportunity to test new innovations, contribute to critical research projects, and provide input into market program development to guide ESMC’s program development – all while generating saleable ecosystem service credits that are being bought and sold in our market program. In essence, these participants are kicking the tires of our program and helping improve it prior to full-scale public launch.

Currently, ESMC is only launching projects within specific regions and production systems for which our program buildout has been completed. ESMC’s map continues to expand as ESMC adds more regions and production systems.

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