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Earn extra income and improve yields with our market‑leading carbon program

Why Carbon by Indigo?

Large companies looking to offset their environmental impact are searching for carbon credits of the highest quality. They're turning to agriculture for purchase credits that support farmers in transitioning toward farming practices that reduce emissions and enrich the soil.

Carbon by Indigo has the technology, support, and partnerships that enable farmers like you to generate high quality carbon credits that companies want to buy.

Sign up for Carbon by Indigo (for free!), and get connected with companies who want to buy the credits you generate

Hundreds of farmers like you have already received initial payments for carbon credits!

How does Carbon by Indigo work?

Carbon by Indigo connects growers to additional sources of income by helping them sell highly-sought agricultural carbon credits. Indigo determines the credits generated on the farm via cutting edge soil science and technology so growers can focus on the health of their soil and business.

1: Adopt a new practice

Kick off by informing Indigo on which fields you have recently implemented or plan to implement new carbon farming practices. Indigo will provide the support you need as you move through the growing season.

2: Report what you did

Next you will report on your historic and current field management practices. Indigo will take the records and calculate how much carbon has been sequestered.

3: Verify results

Indigo works with independent carbon credit verifiers and issuers to ensure the credits you generate abide by the highest industry standards, making them especially appealing to selective buyers.

4: Get paid

Finally, Indigo sells the verified carbon credits after they are issued and pays you for the carbon credits you generated.

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Who is eligible?

In order to participate in Carbon by Indigo growers must meet certain eligibility requirements.

You plan to add or advance a carbon farming practice (or have recently). 

You grow a currently-supported crop. 

You grow in an Indigo-supported state. 

You provide the required information by deadlines. 

Your land does not fall into certain uncommon ineligible categories. 

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What are the benefits?

The potential benefits to joining Carbon by Indigo impact both your soil health and your bottom line. Watch how one grower started using carbon farming practices on his path to profitability.

Improve soil health

Improve water availability during drought

Reduce erosion and retain more nitrogen

Improve field accessibility

Improve weed and disease control

Improve profitability

Gain a new source of revenue with Carbon by Indigo payments

Reduce herbicide and fertilizer input costs with more resilient soil

Reduce fuel usage costs from tillage passes

Increase income with livestock grazing on cover crops

FAQs about Carbon by Indigo

Enrollment is now open for the 2022 carbon crop. To be eligible for payment in the program, you will need to:*

  • Farm field crops in a state within Indigo's current service area ()
  • Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice, such as adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage, improving nitrogen timing, or diversifying your rotation
  • Submit field and management information by required deadlines, beginning with entering your field boundaries in our web platform (or importing from third-party systems)
  • Increase carbon sequestration and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions on your farm, as determined by Indigo based on your farm records
  • Carbon can be thought of like a crop, similar to the other crops you produce on your farm. A carbon credit (also known as a carbon offset) represents either greenhouse gases (GHG) removed from the atmosphere or greenhouse gas emissions reduced. In the case of farming, carbon credits are created based on carbon dioxide you draw down into your soil and GHG emissions you reduce above the soil (for example, through improved nitrogen timing) – beyond what was already happening on your farm.

    Carbon credits operate like crops in some ways. If you produce corn to sell, the buyer will want to know the quantity and quality. Grain handlers will want to facilitate that trade by meeting those information needs. So they weigh your corn and test it for quality so the buyer can have confidence in your product.

    Similarly, carbon credits measure and track the quantity of additional carbon sequestered in the soil and GHG emissions reduced. Our carbon program supports and guides you in carbon farming, and generates carbon credits through modeling, soil samples, analysis, and handling of all the paperwork with the carbon registries. We also recruit and manage a global network of carbon credit buyers, including major corporations like JPMorgan Chase, Ralph Lauren Corporation, The North Face, and Barclays.

    A carbon credit must be real, additional, and permanent. The most valuable carbon credits are also registry-issued.

  • Real: Credits are generated through complete, accurate, and thorough accounting methods.
  • Additional: The credit leads to GHG reductions that would not have happened without the incentive provided by the carbon market.
  • Permanent: The changes in the project's carbon stock represent a permanent change in the net soil carbon pool.
  • Independently Verified: Project methods, data, and reports undergo rigorous third-party auditing prior to issuing credits.
  • Uniquely Claimed: Credits are owned by one entity at a time, from creation to retirement.
  • Co-Benefits: In addition to reducing atmospheric GHGs, projects have social and environmental benefits within and beyond the communities in which they are generated.
  • Because Carbon by Indigo is the ONLY registry-approved ag carbon program at scale, carbon credit buyers are willing to pay premium prices for our premium credits. This is important for farmers who want to generate top dollar for their carbon farming.

    No. Just like buyers of yellow #2 corn, carbon credit buyers place a premium on credits that meet their desired requirements.

    By following a registry-approved methodology and using rigorous data collection and modeling, we produce carbon credits with the greatest certainty and accuracy of measurement. This certainty is what carbon buyers look for in the “quality” of a carbon credit – confidence that the environmental impact is real and long-lasting.

    Carbon by Indigo is the ONLY registry-approved ag carbon program at scale and produces the highest quality carbon credits, which allows us to generate the most carbon revenue for farmers over the long term.

    The current list of qualifying practice changes include:

  • Adding cover crops (for the first time, extending the duration, or diversifying your mix)
  • Diversifying your crop rotation
  • Reducing or eliminating tillage
  • Improving nitrogen timing
  • If a field with a spring/summer crop first enters the program now, you can generate credits in the 2022 carbon crop from practice changes conducted from post-harvest 2020 through harvest 2022. (For winter crops, the timing is similar but has some variations.) After a field’s first carbon crop in the program, a 1-year eligibility window (instead of 2 years) applies.

    Carbon credit buyers only want to pay for carbon sequestration and emissions reductions that are truly additional and would not have occurred without the grower receiving carbon credit revenue. For this reason, practice changes made farther in the past do not count toward carbon credit production. Because registry-issued ag carbon credits are rare (Indigo is currently the only program producing them), carbon credit buyers are willing to pay premium prices for our high-quality credits. This is also why we can guarantee a limited time minimum credit price.

    Participation in Carbon by Indigo includes free access to our web platform for farm record management. You can use it to map/import and view field boundaries, and log and submit the field management information required to produce credits.

    Management practice information includes 3-5 years of historical as well as current season details about planting and harvest dates, fertilizer types, amounts, and application dates, and tillage types and dates, as well as information on cover crop types, dates, and planting and termination methods, and organic amendments where applicable.

    We recognize the importance of your agronomic information. It’s the foundation of your business. That’s why Indigo is committed to data privacy and why our data practices have been certified by Ag Data Transparent. You can read about our Data Integrity Policy here.

    Demand for agriculture-based carbon credits has accelerated over the last year, which is why Carbon by Indigo is pleased to offer growers the security of a price floor, plus unlimited upside as the price rises. We are offering a guaranteed minimum payment rate for growers of $15 per credit for the 2022 carbon crop, and as the price increases you stand to earn even more.

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