Carbon Markets and Carbon Credits have been the buzz words in the Agriculture Industry lately. These markets are growing rapidly and evolving in response to supply and demand. With growth comes questions regarding these markets.
How do they function? What are the implications for rangelands? How do I know if I should become a carbon market participant?
Did you know that carbon enters the soil directly from root materials, plant litter, and animal biomass + manure? Figure 1 shows us where carbon comes from in the soil.
The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI) developed a Rangeland Carbon Market Report to provide an overview of Carbon Markets specifically for natural resources professionals, landowners, and agricultural producers.
This report not only covers where carbon is in the soil but gives a brief history of carbon credits. It discusses how organizations and companies are investing in emission reductions and carbon sequestration. This report also includes a review of rangeland carbon credit protocols.
Cobb, F., A. Goldsmith, A. Rodriguez, C. Ellis, W. Fox, D. Tolleson, J. Goodwin, E. Osei and R. Lopez. 2022. Rangeland Carbon Market Report. Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.