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Carbon Credit Signup Deadline Approaches

Farmers Union Carbon Credit deadline for no-till acres and seeded grasses is Aug. 15.

Those looking to take part in the Farmers Union Carbon Credit program have until Wednesday, Aug. 15 to enroll no-till crop acres and seeded grasses, and until Oct. 1 to apply for the new native rangeland enhancement practice.

The National Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program allows agricultural producers and landowners to earn income by storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production including alfalfa, seeding tame grasses or CRP, native rangeland enhancement, forestry offsets and methane digesters. The program began last year and is a voluntary, private-sector approach to conservation, and has already enrolled more than one million acres.

Carbon credit trading not only offers the potential to help offset carbon dioxide emissions thought to cause climate change, it also offers farmers and ranchers an opportunity to increase their bottom line.

"This program is a win-win for farmers, ranchers and landowners," NFU President Tom Buis says. "This is an opportunity to help the environment and, at the same time, make additional dollars from good conservation practices."

Farmers Union has earned approval from the Chicago Climate Exchange to aggregate carbon credits. Farmers Union will enroll producer acreages of carbon into blocks of credits that will be traded on the Exchange, much like other agricultural commodities are traded. All contracts run through December 31, 2010.

All enrollments are done online and can be completed by going to and selecting the "Carbon Credit Program" link.

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