Enrich Your Soil, Improve Your Profit
with Indigo Carbon

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Indigo Carbon supports you in adopting practices that are good for your farm – and helps you get paid for the carbon credits you generate

Adding cover crops, reducing tillage, and other practices can help benefit your soil and your bottom line. And now, through Indigo Carbon, increased soil organic matter or reduced greenhouse gas emissions from these practices can also generate verified carbon credits, which are increasingly in demand by buyers, such as major corporations.

Regenerative Agricultural Practices

Working with entrepreneurial growers who have pioneered regenerative farming, we have learned 5 core practices of regenerative farming that enrich your soils and improve your farm resilience and profitability:

Who should sign up for Indigo Carbon?

...if so, Indigo Carbon may be a great fit for your farm.

We are looking for pioneerings growers in 2021 who...

  • ... have farms in Germany, specifically in the regions of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
  • ... are looking to grow corn, cereals, peas or beans in spring 2021
  • ... are ready to adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice: adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage or fertilizer use, or diversifying your rotation
  • ... willing to submit all field and management information by required deadlines, beginning with enrolling your field boundaries on our web platform

If these criteria do not apply to you but you are interested to know more about the program and the possibility of joining at a later stage, you can sign up for our newsletter here:

Here’s how Indigo Carbon works

1: SIGN UP

You map field boundaries and enroll in Indigo Carbon.

2: MAKE CHANGES

You add new practices that increase soil carbon and reduce emissions on your farm, with agronomic support from Indigo.

3: RECORD DATA

You record your historical and current season management data in our software platform, and Indigo takes soil samples on a subset of fields.

4: CALCULATE IMPACT

Indigo calculates the carbon credits generated on your farm, based on greenhouse gases sequestered and abated.

5: VERIFY RESULTS

Independent carbon credit issuers verify carbon credits.

6: GET PAID

After Indigo sells credits to corporate buyers and other organizations, you get paid for the carbon credits you earn.

Want to start carbon farming when we launch in Europe?

Fill out the form so we can reach out to you when we launch:

Indigo Carbon in Europe

The Indigo Carbon program in Europe is underpinned by a ground-breaking Verified Carbon Standard methodology, developed by Verra, which sets a new accounting standard for quantifying greenhouse gas emission reductions and enhanced soil organic carbon storage resulting from the adoption of improved agricultural land management practices by growers.

Early opportunity to join Indigo Carbon in Germany

 

Enrollment is now open for pioneer growers in Germany in Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, to join the Indigo Carbon program in 2021 prior to a full commercial launch in 2022.

If you are a German grower and interested in the program, please enroll on our German page. 

Our partner in Germany

Beiselen is one of Germany’s leading family-owned agri-businesses.

We share in the belief that carbon farming can transform agriculture in ways that are more beneficial to people and the planet.

Beiselen will be your main point of contact in joining the program and  providing support in implementing the practice changes. They will also collect data and evidence on annual basis to confirm the practice changes that will be used to quantify the amount of carbon sequestered carbon emission reduction and removal.

FAQs about Indigo Carbon

What is a carbon credit?

A carbon credit is an offset purchased by companies and other buyers as one way to reduce their impact on the environment. As buyers make large scale commitments to drastically reduce their carbon footprint, they want to purchase carbon credits - which represent greenhouse gases removed or avoided - to drive environmental change beyond what they are capable of today within their organizations.

Verified carbon credits are approved and issued by third-party carbon credit issuers, in order to demonstrate the validity and value of the credit to buyers. When documented with evidence, carbon credits make it easier and more effective for organizations to reduce total carbon emissions.

Over the past year, companies all over the US and organizations throughout the world have been making multi-billion-dollar commitments to curb their impact on the environment. As of last year, nearly one quarter of all Fortune 500 companies have made a carbon neutrality commitment, an exponential increase over just a few years prior.

How are carbon credits different from other things I produce?

Carbon credits operate much like commodities. 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 estimate and track quantity through modeling and soil samples and protect for quality by creating stipulations on additionality and leakage. These quantification and qualification standards ensure the buyer gets the product they desire while the seller has a quality product to sell that earns top dollar.

What are the qualifying types of practice changes?

The current list of qualifying practice changes are:
  • Adding cover crops (for the first time, extending the duration, or diversifying your mix)
  • Diversifying your crop rotation
  • Reducing or eliminating tillage
  • Reducing fertilizer (reducing N or switching to injection)

When do I have to start new practices to qualify for generating credits?

Because carbon credits are sold the year after soil carbon is increased and emissions are reduced, credits are referred to as that year’s “carbon credit crop.” This means the 2021 crop includes credits generated from practice changes beginning at any point after the 2020 harvest and before the 2021 fall harvest (or before 2021 fall planting for winter crop fields).

Why do I need to make a practice change? Why don’t my existing practice changes count?

Two primary reasons: 1) Valuable carbon credits are under high demand, and buyers are only willing to purchase credits that demonstrate a change. Credits generated as a result of practice changes are valuable because they represent new benefits to soil carbon and emissions reductions, above and beyond “business as usual.” 2) These types of valuable credits are extremely rare – that’s why buyers come to Indigo and are willing to pay high prices. That’s also why we’re able to guarantee a limited time credit payment minimum. Past carbon markets have been unsuccessful because buyers did not see the credits as truly valuable without the practice change requirement.

What information am I required to submit? What’s in it for me?

Participation in Indigo Carbon includes access to our free software platform for field data management. On our platform, growers can map and view field boundaries, and log and submit the field management information that is ultimately needed to calculate 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.

*The number of verified carbon credits issued under Indigo Carbon and eligible for payment is subject to an issuer-imposed buffer pool holdback of approximately 20% (which may be higher or lower) of total volume of CO2e sequestered or abated to protect against potential reversals. The number of verified carbon credits issued will be less than the number of tons of CO2e sequestered or abated due to such buffer pool. All payments under Indigo Carbon are subject to a 5-year vesting schedule. 15 price per verified carbon credit is only an estimate based on the 2019 payment rate. Actual payment rate is subject to market conditions, may change at any time, and will be determined at the time of sale of the carbon credit. Indigo does not guarantee any minimum or specific payment rate. All figures are examples based on specific assumptions that may not be applicable to all land. A number of variables can affect outcomes on any particular land. Indigo does not guarantee any results with respect to agronomic outcomes, financial or profitability outcomes, carbon dioxide equivalents sequestered, carbon credits generated or amount or eligibility of payments with respect to any individual landowner or operator. Website for promotional purposes only. Additional terms apply. Participation and enrollment in Indigo Carbon is subject to eligibility requirements and acceptance of program terms and conditions.