First Agricultural Program Listed under California’s GHG Cap and Trade
The program includes 140 fields covering more than 7,000 acres of rice production in Arkansas and Mississippi. It will be the first program in agriculture to transition from American Carbon Registry’s (ACR) voluntary protocol to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) the compliance protocol adopted in June 2015.
The program’s objective is to generate incremental income for growers for adopting practices that lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice production. In the Mid-south these practices include draining the field early in preparation for harvest and alternating wet and dry conditions on the field during the growing season. Both of these activities reduce the amount of methane produced by shortening the time the fields are flooded.
Concurrently, the first ever rice management program developed in California is undergoing verification under the “Voluntary Emission Reductions in Rice Management Systems” protocol developed by Terra Global under ACR, which credits bailing of straw after harvest, dry seeding and early draining. This pilot program developed by Terra in partnership with the California Rice Commission, covers over 500 acres of rice production in the Sacramento Valley. Growers participating in this program will generate the first voluntary verified emission reductions from the bailing of straw after harvest and early draining.