That’s equivalent to the emissions of 15 gas powered cars driven for one year. Lay is part of a growing number of farmers across the country starting to experiment with these cover crops, thanks to something called the carbon marketplace.
The marketplace works like this. Let’s say there’s a company like a factory or manufacturer that needs to offset their carbon emissions because of self-imposed goals or government regulations. They can go to big corporate agriculture companies like Bayer, for example, and purchase carbon credits. Bayer in turn pays farmers like Lay to plant these carbon capturing cover crops, which offset the company’s emissions.
These carbon programs are popping up across the agriculture industry targeting everything from corn and soybean farms in the Midwest to cotton fields in the south.