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Dakota No-till Could Generate More Carbon Cash

The carbon sequestration market could generate some real money for Dakota farmers in the future.

The price for carbon credits has ranged from less than $2 to more than $7 per metric ton in the U.S. voluntary market, but has been substantially higher in Europe's compliance market.

The U.S. is expected to adopt a compliance market, too, in the future.

If carbon credits sold for $20 per metric ton in the U.S., a 160-acre no-till field located in eastern South Dakota could return $1,920 annually. That's according to SDSU faculty members Francisco Mamani Pati, David Clay, and Gregg Carlson, who have written a new guide to carbon credit market.

For their report, go to agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/articles/FS951.pdf.

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