Voluntary carbon market program to establish road map for Missouri farmers looking toward the future.
Carbon Pilot Program
Missouri farmers looking to explore carbon markets have a new opportunity through a pilot project being launched in 2021. The Missouri-sponsored pilot comes as a result of a new partnership between Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, and MFA Incorporated. Within the pilot program, farmers have a low-risk opportunity to better understand the agricultural carbon and water quality market through voluntary participation, as well as through program results. The two-year pilot project begins with the 2021 growing season, and is slated to continue through 2022.
Biodiversity Pilot Program
Missouri corn and soybean farmers have a new opportunity to expand pollinator-friendly landscapes through a first-of-its-kind pilot project that quantifies and certifies biodiversity credits. The pilot is launched in partnership with the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Missouri Department of Conservation, MFA Incorporated and the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC). The pilot offers farmers an opportunity to participate in an innovative program to earn biodiversity credits along with agricultural carbon and water quality credits as part of ESMC’s national ecosystem services market program.
Farmers interested in learning more about the programs, including potentially enrolling acres, should complete the form below. Submitting the form triggers an email to staff working on the pilot program.