Seven Elements of Carbon Farming Test Beds

The following are the seven core elements of successful carbon farming test beds

1. Bona fide agricultural operations

The centerpiece of each “test bed” will be commercial-scale farm operations, demonstrating regionally-relevant carbon farming techniques

2. High-quality research

Robust research will be key for establishing credibility, in terms of two types of outcomes: those relevant for the farmer’s bottom line (e.g. yield, input costs, equipment) and those useful for understanding the environmental implications (e.g. carbon, water, nutrients), so we will develop relationships with researchers who can help us demonstrate legitimacy, either through their own work or as validators of ongoing research efforts.

3. Local partners

 
 


4. Outreach to Key Stakeholders

 




5. Corporate Support & COMMITMENTS
 

 

6. Education through a network of practitioners

 

 

7. Interest Among Policy Makers

To ensure responsiveness and an understanding of the local conditions, we will partner with a trusted local organization, consultant, or coalition, who can help us tailor the project to suit local community needs and to gain the most support with local constituents.

 

Stakeholder outreach and information sharing will be key, so we will conduct stakeholder engagement to feel confident in the receptivity of  regional farmers for the practices and techniques we are testing, and to be aware of any obstacles that might undermine their support.

 

To facilitate market interest in the products of these operations, we will work to build strong corporate interest in supporting the roll-out of carbon farming practices within their supply chains and encourage companies to enter into supportive agreements or public commitments.

 

To promote broader uptake and implementation of these beneficial practices, we will engage in outreach and education opportunities in multiple states, for which these particular practices are relevant, with the aim of building widespread support for policies that could help scale up the implementation of these practices.

 

To build durable incentives and supportive frameworks for carbon sequestration activities, we will cultivate relationships with agency staff, political staff, and other politically influential stakeholders, who can help us share our results with state and national politicians, with the goal of developing champions for supportive policies.