This year's deadline to enroll in the Minnesota Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program has been extended to September 15th for no-till crop acres and seeded grasses.
Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union, president, is glad the enrollment deadline has been extended. "This gives farmers more time to get involved in this worthy program," he says.
Farmers Union's Carbon Credit Program allows agriculture producers and landowners to earn income by storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production and long-term grass seeding practices. MFU, in partnership with the National Farmers Union, has earned approval from the Chicago Climate Exchange to aggregate carbon credits. Farmers Union will enroll producer acreages of carbon into blocks of credits that will be traded on the Exchange.
Farmers who enroll before September 15 will have their credits traded in early 2008. Farmers who enroll after September 15 will have their credits traded in 2009.
For the no-till and long term grass seeding programs, there are three items that producers must submit for enrollment the first year: a signed contract, copies of their Farm Service Agency maps of enrolled land; and a copy of the FSA 578 form. All enrollments must be completed online at www.mfu.org.
For additional information on the Carbon Credit Program, call 800-969-3380.