Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership to host a free online national webinar exploring ecosystem markets

Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership to host a free online national webinar exploring ecosystem markets

ISAP’s mission is to create a network to support a systems approach to improve Illinois soil health and reduce nutrient loss.

DEKALB, Ill. – The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, ISAP, will be holding a free online webinar on Friday February 12, 2021 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CST exploring environmental and carbon market opportunities for Midwest farmers. This event brings four prominent carbon markets to one table, Indigo Ag, Nori, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, and the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, providing farmers a side-by-side comparison of opportunities.

The event is hosted by ISAP with help from more than 20 organizations spanning Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Sarah Carlson, Strategic Initiatives Director for Practical Farmers of Iowa states, “It is exciting to see all of these groups working together to empower farmers to be informed decision makers.”

The adoption of practices like no-till, cover crops, pasture management, and agroforestry can sequester carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gases. Farmers utilizing these practices have multiple, new, opportunities to be financially rewarded for carbon and other ecosystem services.

“We’ve seen growing interest in eco-markets." notes Jean Brokish, American Farmland Trust and ISAP Program Manager. “We hope this webinar will bring some transparency to the opportunities available for Midwest farmers.”

Presentations will provide straightforward and practical information on program enrollment from start to finish, highlighting key contracting terms and conditions, payment schedules, and verification requirements. Participants are encouraged to submit questions for the question-and-answer session with company representatives.

More information can be found online at https://ilsustainableag.org/ecomarkets, along with registration information and additional event details. If you have questions or need assistance with registering, please send email inquiries to ilsustainableag@gmail.com.

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As a coordinated and consistent group, ISAP focuses on messaging, outreach, training and education for farmers and their trusted advisors to bring together and disseminate new information and lessons learned in plain, practical language. Members work collaboratively to amplify the programs of each organization, share resources to gain efficiencies and identify synergies in achieving soil health and nutrient goals. ISAP’s mission is to create a network to support a systems approach on agriculture lands to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss. ISAP’s members include: The Nature ConservancyAmerican Farmland Trust, Precision Conservation ManagementIllinois CornIllinois Central CollegeThe Wetlands InitiativeThe Zea Mays FoundationSoil Health PartnershipIllinois Land Improvement Contractors AssociationAssociation of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsIllinois Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, University of Illinois Extension, Agriculture Drainage Management Coalition, and Illinois Soybean Association.

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