Report Compares Carbon Credit Programs

An economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has compiled a new report, How to Grow and Sell Carbon Credits in US Agriculture. The report offers a comparison of 11 private voluntary carbon credit and incentive programs across 26 characteristics, including payments per new carbon credit, cost of participation, eligible crops, and credit verification. “What we are seeing so far is more a patchwork than a market,” said report author Alejandro Plastina. “There are different rules, incentives, and penalties depending on the program. The market is still in its formative stage and is very dynamic, focused on testing protocols through small-scale pilot programs, and lacks transparency and liquidity.”