Growing Value for Producers Through Increased Access to Markets for Climate Smart Commodities
Funder: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Project Timeline: June 29, 2023 - June 30, 2028
Country: United States
Contact: Megan Wall, Megan.Wall@winrock.org
Winrock’s Growing Value for Producers Through Increased Access to Markets for Climate Smart Commodities project will create and implement a farmer-friendly system that:
- Builds capacity with institutions interacting with a range of producers, including the underserved, to support adoption of climate smart practices and interact with commodity buyers in the market;
- Generates producer-owned agricultural GHG Certificates that are quantified, verified, issued and tracked on a fully-digital agriculture registry platform, and that can be monetized by producers through commodity markets for corporate buyers to achieve and substantiate supply chain climate claims;
- Creates a runway of financial and technical support to producers to adopt practices and participate in the market through the sale of certificates;
- Minimizes transaction costs to farmers through producer-friendly automated and efficient GHG quantification, data collection, and verification processes; and
- Is nationally scalable for all producers, commodities, and practices across the U.S.
This project will incentivize producers to adopt Natural Resources Conservation Service or equivalent practices on 50,000 new acres not currently receiving NRCS payments (for the same practice, on the same plot), increasing GHG and other environmental benefits achieved on U.S. farms. Winrock’s project will engage two very distinct producer groups with diverse and historically underserved representation, creating a strong foundation for post-pilot national scalability: the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Riceland Foods.
The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring together diverse people and ideas to co-create solutions that build healthy farms, equitable economies, and resilient food systems. Our vision is that all communities have the power to nourish themselves and regenerate ecosystems through just food and agriculture systems. At the heart of these systems are dynamic networks of people connected through interdependent relationships with each other and the land.
Winrock has long recognized the threat posed by climate change. A nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, ACR was founded in 1996 as the first private voluntary greenhouse gas registry in the world, with the mission of harnessing the power of markets to improve the environment. As a globally recognized carbon crediting program that operates in compliance and voluntary carbon markets, ACR pioneers science-based methodologies for activities that reduce and remove GHG emissions in the forestry and land use, energy and industrial sectors.