U.S. Farmers Earn First Carbon Credits from Rice Production using Winrock’s American Carbon Registry Rice Protocol
U.S. Rice Farmers Embrace Sustainable Agriculture and Earn First-Ever Carbon Credits for Rice Production
“Through a voluntary rice protocol developed by [Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry], rice growers in the Sacramento Valley of California and the Mid-South (Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana) can implement voluntary conservation management practices on their land that reduce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane management practices include dry seeding, early drainage and alternate wetting and drying – these voluntary conservation management practices significantly reduce the amount of methane generated by rice growing and cultivation. In addition to reducing methane emissions, these conservation practices have numerous “co-benefits” such as reduced water pumping costs, reduced fuel usage, reduced water usage and reduced nutrient loading in downstream water bodies because the rice farmers modify their water consumption practices.”
View the ACR Rice Protocol for more technical information.