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Program Overview

Monetize Quantified Changes in Ecosystem Services

The goal of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) is to launch a fully functioning national scale ecosystem services market: conceived and designed to sell both carbon and water quality and quantity credits for the agriculture sector by 2022. 

Focusing first and foremost on farmers and ranchers, ESMC is developing this marketplace to encourage sustainable agricultural production systems while creating sound social, economic and environment outcomes that benefit producers, local communities and society at-large.

For more information on the Consortium, visit the ESMC Website.

About the ESMC Market

Delivering the Value of Sustainable Agriculture

Ecosystem Services Market Consortium is a non-profit organization with a commitment to maximizing the value returned to the Producer while meeting multiple market needs of Buyers. 

The ESMC Market, currently under development, will allow Producers to be paid for the value of positive environmental impacts made through the adoption of sustainable agricultural production systems.

This science and outcomes focused program is practice agnostic, meaning Producers can make decisions that are best suited for their specific operation. The carbon, GHG, water quality and water quantity outcomes are quantified at a field scale simultaneously and the assets generated can be stacked to streamline and consolidate the process. 

For Farmers and Ranchers

Using the ESMC Producer Portal

The Producer Portal is the access point to enroll in the ESMC program for quantifying ecosystem service outcomes from agricultural land and generating salable assets and credits based on those outcomes. 

Here is where a producer can set up an account, enter into an agreement for generation and sale of assets, and safely and securely enter the required information. 

The ESMC Program is currently in a pilot phase. Early participants have a unique opportunity to test new innovations and provide input to guide ESMC program development. The pilot phase will also provide more flexibility and less risk for Producers, who will have an opportunity to roll-into the full market when it is launched at the end of 2022.

About Our Collaboration

An Industry-Wide Effort to Leverage Voluntary Improvements

ESMC is a collaboration of members from across the entire agricultural supply chain and value chain working together to ensure that the program scales successfully to meet farmer and rancher needs as well as corporate, NGO, consumer and societal needs. 

ESMC’s research arm, the Ecosystem Services Market Research Consortium – or ESMRC — is working collaboratively to invest in identified research, development, demonstration, and economic gaps to overcome past and current market-based challenges in lead-up to the 2022 ESMC market launch. 

Visit the ESMC Website for more details.

Producer Participation

The ESMC Process
1. Enrollment

Requires completion of the account creation process – producers provide  contact information, review and agree to ESMC’s Privacy Policy, and select a Project in which they will participate.

 
3. Data Entry

Agricultural management practices can be entered by the Producer and/or Advisor and/or imported from other 3rd party data collection systems.

 
2. Field Selection

Completed through ESMC’s easy-to-use interface which initiates stratification for developing a soil sampling plan. This step also allows a Producer to assign optional data access and editing permission to an Advisor who can assist a Producer with data entry. 

4. Program Submission

The producer formally submits fields and data for asset quantification and generation. This includes self-certification of data entered and signing of the Producer Agreement. Submission must be completed by December 31st (at the end of the crediting year).

Current Pilot Projects

Range Land Projects

Annual Schedule for Range Land (Producer Activities are in Green)
Southern Great Plains Project

LC Organization: ESMC

Project Location: Texas, Oklahoma

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon

Production System: Grazing land/grassland/pasture

NCBA Project

LC Organization: Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Project Location: Kansas

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon/GHG

Production System: Grazing land/grassland/pasture

Crop Land Projects

Annual Schedule for Crop Land (Producer Activities are in Green)
General Mills Project

Lead Organization: General Mills

Project Location: Kansas

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon, S1 Water

Production System: Wheat

GLRI CTIC Project
Lead Organization: Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)

Project Location: Ohio

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon, S1 Water

Production System: Row crop – corn and soybeans

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) Project

Lead Organization: The Fertilizer Institute

Project Location: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon

Production System: Row crop – corn and soybeans

Illinois Corn Growers Association Project

Lead Organizations: Illinois Corn Growers Association, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), GROWMARK

Project Location: Illinois, Kentucky

Credits/Assets Generated:

Production System: Row crop – corn,  soybeans, wheat

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TNC Minnesota Project

Lead Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Project Location: Minnesota

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3, Scope 1 (soil sampling dependent)

Production System: Row crop – corn, soybeans and wheat

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TNC Nebraska Project

Lead Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Project Location: Nebraska

Credits/Assets Generated: Scope 3 Carbon

Production System: Row crop – corn,  soybeans, wheat

FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in the pilot program?

  • Producers who are interested in adopting soil health systems and conservation practices that benefit their agricultural operations while improving environmental impacts.
  • Producers interested in implementation of improvements that exceed minimum standards set by law.
  • Producers managing land that has not been deforested in the past 10 years. (Forest is defined as Land with tree crown cover (or equivalent stocking level) of more than 10 percent and area of more than 0.5 ha.)
  • Producers with fields that are located within an approved ESMC Project region and production system.
  • Producers who can provide proof of asset ownership rights (land ownership or agreement with the landowner).
  • Producers with fields that are not enrolled in another ecosystem service program that generates credits, offsets, assets, or claims related to soil carbon sequestration and/or changes in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The pilot projects are designed to test and refine all program aspects, so flexible Producers who can provide feedback and guidance on the developing ESMC Program are preferred. 

What are the benefits to participants?

ESMC is a non-profit organization with a commitment to maximizing the value returned to the Producer while meeting the multiple market needs of the Buyers. The ESMC Market allows Producers to be paid for the value of the positive environmental impacts made through adoption of sustainable agricultural production systems. The science and outcomes focused program is practice agnostic, meaning Producers can make decisions that are best suited for their specific operation. The carbon, GHG, water quality and water quantity outcomes are quantified at a field scale simultaneously and the assets generated can be stacked to streamline and consolidate the process. The Program is currently in a pilot phase so early participants will have a unique opportunity to test new innovations and provide input to ESMC to guide program development. The pilot phase will also provide more flexibility and less risk for Producers, who will have an opportunity to roll into the full market when it is launched at the end of 2022.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?​

Caroline Wade

Program Director

cwade@ecosystemservicesmarket.org

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ProDUCER Agreement

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