Session
Title: Carbon Markets
Date: Tue Aug 3, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Moderator: Dianna Bagnall

In this reset of the carbon market we’ll explore the possibilities for farmers and their retailers. We will explore how precision agriculture helps manage carbon and data to participate in this market.

Soil Carbon Markets 101: Terms to Know

This introduction to soil carbon markets will cover terms such as offset, inset, additionality, permanence, discount, and leakage. We will briefly introduce soil carbon measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) including how models might be used in MRV. As well, we will touch on the many co-benefits of increasing soil organic carbon using soil health management systems such as erosion control, water quality, drought resilience, and farm profitability. 

Dianna Bagnall (speaker)
Research Soil Scientist
Soil Health Institute
Morrisville, NC 27560
US

Dr. Dianna Bagnall serves as a Research Soil Scientist for the Soil Health Institute. She is an Applied soil physicist specializing in soil physical health and socioeconomic dynamics of soils. Her research includes developing functions that show the effect of soil carbon on plant-available water, on-farm soil health assessments, qualitative analysis of farmer interviews, development of novel soil structure scanning methodology, and both measurement and modeling of preferential water flow in shrink-swell soils. Dr. Bagnall received an M.S. in Soil Science at Texas A&M University in 2014 and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2019.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Preparing Your Customers for the Carbon Market

Service providers are positioned to play a significant role in helping their farmer customers access emerging carbon market opportunities. What is the real opportunity? Are your customers prepared? How can you best assist them? This session will review common eligibility criteria, enrollment processes, and the role and importance of data and specialized agronomic services. 

Jamie Ridgely (speaker)
Carbon Operations Lead
Truterra, LLC

Ridgely leads Truterra initiatives to deliver ecosystem service opportunities to the Land O’Lakes grower and retailer network, including development and implementation of Truterra’ s TruCarbon program. Previous to joining the Truterra team, Ridgely was President and Chief Operating Officer of Agren, Inc., a small consulting and precision conservation software company that was acquired by Land O’Lakes in 2018.  She has spent over 20 years in soil and water conservation, building innovative solutions to agriculture's environmental challenges. Jamie and her husband, Cory, live with their three daughters on the Ridgely family's Century Farm in Calhoun County Iowa, where they raise corn, soybeans and Belgian draft horses.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Field Measurements (How Carbon Sampling Differs from Fertility Sampling)

Farmers don’t get paid by the acre for their crops. Why should they be paid by the acre for their carbon? Farmers will only get the highest return for their carbon if it can be accurately measured across their farm. Adapting soil sampling and scanning technology for soil carbon farming will allow farms to sell their carbon at the highest value for each megaton sequestered.  Field measurements of carbon sequestration will help legitimize agriculture’s positive role and ensure our industry is invited to have a seat at the carbon table.

Tyler Lund (speaker)
Director of Sales and Marketing
Veris Technologies
Salina, KS 67401
US

Tyler Lund serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Veris Technologies. Veris designs, builds, and markets soil sensor solutions for the precision ag market. Veris equipment is at work in 47 states and over 50 foreign countries. In addition to his experience in precision agriculture with Veris Technologies, Tyler’s agricultural background includes helping operate his family’s wheat, soybean, and grain sorghum farm in Saline County Kansas; serving as a Certified Crop Advisor; working on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran on agriculture, carbon markets, and trade legislation; and working with smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Laboratory Carbon Analysis… What’s the Difference?

Commercial labs offer many different types of carbon and nutrient analyses, but the differences among them are not always clear making it difficult to choose. Differences between carbon and fertility analyses as well as different types of carbon assessments will be discussed to help you select the right measurement for your needs.

Julie Howe (speaker)
Associate Professor of Soil Science
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research
College Station, TX 77843
US

Dr. Julie Howe is Associate Professor of Soil Chemistry and Fertility at Texas A&M University.  She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MS and BS degrees from Texas A&M University.  Her research has focused on cycling and fate of nutrients and carbon at various levels ranging from fundamental complexation reactions to field-scale processes. She primarily focuses on the impact of agricultural management practices on nutrients and carbon. She also teaches a large enrollment introductory soil science course, a graduate level advanced soil chemistry and fertility course, and a brewing materials course.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Carbon Market Today

Overview of how the carbon market works from carbon offset creation to carbon offset retirement.  Included will be a discussion of recent market dynamics and outlook for the future.

Dan Linsky (speaker)
VP Voluntary Markets
ClimeCo
Boyertown, PA 19512
US

Dan Linsky has been involved in the carbon and renewable energy industries since 2003. At ClimeCo, he serves as the Vice President of Voluntary Markets and Leader of the Transaction Team. Dan oversees all voluntary carbon sales, coordinates strategies, and manages ClimeCo’s carbon offset inventories for this growing market. Dan helps companies align carbon offset use with their sustainability goals. He works with corporations, organizations, and events to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Carbon Markets Panel
Dianna Bagnall (speaker)
Research Soil Scientist
Soil Health Institute
Morrisville, NC 27560
US

Dr. Dianna Bagnall serves as a Research Soil Scientist for the Soil Health Institute. She is an Applied soil physicist specializing in soil physical health and socioeconomic dynamics of soils. Her research includes developing functions that show the effect of soil carbon on plant-available water, on-farm soil health assessments, qualitative analysis of farmer interviews, development of novel soil structure scanning methodology, and both measurement and modeling of preferential water flow in shrink-swell soils. Dr. Bagnall received an M.S. in Soil Science at Texas A&M University in 2014 and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2019.

Jamie Ridgely (speaker)
Carbon Operations Lead
Truterra, LLC

Ridgely leads Truterra initiatives to deliver ecosystem service opportunities to the Land O’Lakes grower and retailer network, including development and implementation of Truterra’ s TruCarbon program. Previous to joining the Truterra team, Ridgely was President and Chief Operating Officer of Agren, Inc., a small consulting and precision conservation software company that was acquired by Land O’Lakes in 2018.  She has spent over 20 years in soil and water conservation, building innovative solutions to agriculture's environmental challenges. Jamie and her husband, Cory, live with their three daughters on the Ridgely family's Century Farm in Calhoun County Iowa, where they raise corn, soybeans and Belgian draft horses.

Julie Howe (speaker)
Associate Professor of Soil Science
Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research
College Station, TX 77843
US

Dr. Julie Howe is Associate Professor of Soil Chemistry and Fertility at Texas A&M University.  She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MS and BS degrees from Texas A&M University.  Her research has focused on cycling and fate of nutrients and carbon at various levels ranging from fundamental complexation reactions to field-scale processes. She primarily focuses on the impact of agricultural management practices on nutrients and carbon. She also teaches a large enrollment introductory soil science course, a graduate level advanced soil chemistry and fertility course, and a brewing materials course.

Dan Linsky (speaker)
VP Voluntary Markets
ClimeCo
Boyertown, PA 19512
US

Dan Linsky has been involved in the carbon and renewable energy industries since 2003. At ClimeCo, he serves as the Vice President of Voluntary Markets and Leader of the Transaction Team. Dan oversees all voluntary carbon sales, coordinates strategies, and manages ClimeCo’s carbon offset inventories for this growing market. Dan helps companies align carbon offset use with their sustainability goals. He works with corporations, organizations, and events to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Tyler Lund (speaker)
Director of Sales and Marketing
Veris Technologies
Salina, KS 67401
US

Tyler Lund serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Veris Technologies. Veris designs, builds, and markets soil sensor solutions for the precision ag market. Veris equipment is at work in 47 states and over 50 foreign countries. In addition to his experience in precision agriculture with Veris Technologies, Tyler’s agricultural background includes helping operate his family’s wheat, soybean, and grain sorghum farm in Saline County Kansas; serving as a Certified Crop Advisor; working on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran on agriculture, carbon markets, and trade legislation; and working with smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Length (approx): 40 min