You have probably watched a news story or read a magazine article about carbon and carbon farming. Maybe you’ve asked: “Why agriculture?
According to the EPA, 24% of total global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry, and other land uses. Others put this number around 18%. Some groups who point fingers at agriculture will claim a number over 50%!!!
Make sure to check the source of their data and their agenda when they make claims like that. As we all know, agriculture and our farmers are the best stewards of their land and the environment, and we are always looking to do better. We might be over 50% if we WERE NOT being such good stewards already.
My purpose is to help you, as NuWay-K&H Cooperative’s owner-customers, to realize and understand opportunities when they present themselves and to capitalize on practices you
are already doing. I’ll also help you understand changes you can make to reduce your impact on the environment. What gets lost in some of the numbers is that we/you are already doing things to make our environment better.
Using our NuWay-K&H Agronomy Adapt-N Nitrogen Management Program will allow you to be more confident in split-applying nitrogen while avoiding the cost of over-application.. We can show positive environmental impacts of nitrogen application through this program. This makes your farm more efficient in its use of nitrogen (NUE) and mitigates loss through denitrification or leaching.
GET PAID FOR WHAT YOU ALREADY DO
Through our partnership with Land O Lakes and Winfield United, we are a TruTerra retailer. NuWay-K&H Cooperative’s access to this stewardship platform allows us to deliver you profitability, stewardship, and cost-share opportunities on a field-by-field basis. We utilize the TruTerra platform to document practices and changes you need to participate in emerging markets like carbon, ecosystem services markets, and sustainably produced commodities.
Our NuWay-K&H Agronomy Datalink program fits very nicely with the TruTerra system as data collected over the years is available. We can input the information needed without relying on you to hunt for data. It’s all arranged and available when you request it.
The opportunity to capitalize financially on your current practices is real. In the past 18 months, we have helped NuWay-K&H Cooperative growers capture over $50,000 in payments for practices they have already implemented on their farms. There are more opportunities coming, and they don’t necessarily have to include cover crops. A short nine-question survey will help you and us understand where you are today in the carbon market. (You’ll find the survey at https://www. truterraag.com/SurveyTool?Path=/Carbon. ) If you have more questions, contact me via email (above) or phone at 507-639-7164. I can help dispel some myths on what sustainability is and what we at NuWay-K&H Cooperative are trying to accomplish.
Sustainability is for everyone, and everyone should participate. What can you do today to set yourself up for the future? 1. Take the survey above. 2. Enroll your acres in our Datalink program and 3. start utilizing our Adapt-N Nitrogen Management Program. Do these three things, and you will be better prepared when opportunities arise for compensation of practices.