GrainsWest: Carbon assets made easy

REPORTING AND VERIFICATION NETWORK NOW IN DEVELOPMENT

March 5, 2024

BY ADELINE PANAMAROFF • PHOTO COURTESY OF CANZA

The Canadian Alliance for Net-Zero Agri-Food (CANZA) recognizes the carbon credit market can potentially create agricultural revenue streams. As agricultural carbon pricing has slowly developed in recent years, sequestration has typically been measured by lab analysis of soil samples. Though effective, it is a slow and costly process. A rough estimate of $3.30 per acre for sample analysis would be combined with the cost of sampling and further processing. Farmers who wish to participate in the carbon assets market may require speedier data delivery at a lower cost.

In early 2023, test sites were selected on the 30,000-acre Hebert Grain Ventures farm near Moosomin, SK. To estimate the amount of carbon sequestration, researchers dug test pits and scanned the soil with an infrared spectrometer. The images it produced are being studied with the use of AI and machine learning software to determine their carbon content. This data will help refine the process of carbon sequestration measurement and further build the MRV framework.

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