UK farmers who have already made steps to farm in an environmentally friendly way could be missing out on a new revenue stream, according to carbon farming company, Agreena.
“Farmers who are already deploying regenerative farming practices, turning soil into carbon sinks, are able to access a new revenue stream from carbon farming and the sale of carbon certificates, at the same time as improving the economic and sustainability of their farm businesses,” said Thomas Gent, Agreena’s UK market lead.
The company has developed a soil carbon programme, AgreenaCarbon, which is said to be easy and intuitive to sign up to.
“In fact, farmers can simply send the form they have just completed for their BPS application to Agreena and one of our team will be able to estimate the potential revenue achievable from the sale of carbon certificates following harvest 2023,” explained Mr Gent.
Once farmers have an idea of the potential revenue, they have until the 30th of June to sign up for AgreenaCarbon in time for the 2023 harvest. Enrolment does not take long, but the company warns against any delay as there are processes and steps Agreena has to carry out.
“The enrolment process consists of choosing which fields are to be included in the AgreenaCarbon programme, and entering the relevant field data such as field location, size, fertiliser and cover crop usage, etc.
“After harvest farmers log into the AgreenaCarbon platform and report their actual field data around the date they have provided,” said Gent.
The company’s internationally accredited and third-party programme will quantify the carbon removed and reduction of greenhouse gases, and issue a verified carbon certificate – one of which is equivalent to one tonne of CO2 emissions.
According to the company, one hectare can generate one or two certificates, with the current value between £25 and £50 per certificate. Once issued the certificate can be kept, sold on or sold through Agreena to verified companies based on the current market price.
“Farmers who have already started the transition to regenerative farming should not miss out on being financially rewarded for their efforts,” said Mr Gent. “Send Agreena your completed BPS application forms and see the potential revenue available from joining AgreenaCarbon.”
For more information go to www.agreena.com