Montana conservation district staff visit Menoken Farm rain garden and pollinator project near Bismark, ND.
NACD is partnering with the NRCS and HabiTerre (a spin-off of the University of Illinois) to pilot field-level carbon outcome reports. These reports leverage historical data, advanced modeling, and remote sensing to estimate the carbon sequestration rates of each field. One of the goals of this pilot is to make carbon insights available to as many producers as possible at no cost. We are hoping that this data democratization project helps spur action and expand access to markets.
NACD’s goal is to identify 25,000 acres of grasslands or rangelands to perform this analysis. Participating producers will receive a customized report based on their enrolled fields. (Sample is attached) NACD will then collect feedback from producers and conservationists to understand the usefulness of the reports (e.g., whether having such data spurs action, improves the conservation planning process, encourages participation in ecosystem service markets).
I’ve attached the FAQ covering the main points in regards to the project. I’ll be sending out a registration link for enrolling the fields in a day or two.
For your growers, participating in the program is free. They need to share their field’s location/shapefile and historical management information.
For your district staff, participating in this program is a chance to try a new tool as they work with their growers.
We would appreciate if you can share this information with your districts and other partners. We will be holding an informational webinar for any staff that are interested in enrolling fields on September 7 at 11 AM ET. The link for the webinar is below.
Thank you for sharing. Let me know what questions you have. There is also a cropland aspect of this project and you may receive a similar email in regards to that portion if you are eligible.
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Meeting ID: 273 012 935 054