Two informational meetings will be held on the Farmers Union (WFU) Carbon Credit Program for agriculture producers and landowners on April 11, 11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fox Valley Technical College in Chilton and Aug.13, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Fox Valley Technical College in the Ag-Business building, Appleton.
Through this dynamic program, farmers and landowners can earn income from storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production, long-term grass seeding practices on grasslands seeded since 1999 and projects that have been planted since 1990 on Conservation Reserve Program land. Lands must be enrolled in a Farm Service Agency program to qualify.
Farmers Union is approved by the Chicago Climate Exchange to aggregate carbon credits and sell them on the open market. Farmers Union enrolls producer acreages of carbon projects into blocks of credits that are traded on the exchange, much like other agricultural commodities are traded.
A Farmers Union representative will share information on how to qualify and enroll in the program.
Qualified landowners must enroll by April 15 for payment in 2008. The final deadline for 2008 enrollment is Aug. 15, with a payment made in 2009. If eligible conservation methods were practiced in 2007 and 2008, landowners could receive payments for both 2007 and 2008.
The events are sponsored by Glacierland RC&D, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Fox Valley Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College. For more information contact Glacierland RC&D at 920-465-3006.