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Back in 2012 and 2015, the Marin Carbon Project looked into how to fund the development and implementation of carbon farming, specifically voluntary markets and carbon credit development.  The conclusion at the time and five years later, today, is that the current price of carbon on the voluntary market is insufficient in most cases to support implementation and verification of carbon farm plans for soil carbon sequestration.  Additional funding sources (e.g. via policy incentives, community or government investment, or other form of financial support) would be required to provide a sustainable revenue stream to support these climate change mitigation activities apart from the carbon market. 
Read the full statement from MCP >>


Launched in 2008, the Marin Carbon Project is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary in 2018. Over the course of a decade, the Project has discovered new information regarding the potential for rangeland soils to be a significant global climate change solution, pioneered ground-“making” science and worked with existing infrastructure to advance new policy frameworks and private-sector business partnerships that to support soil carbon management. MCP partners played a pivotal role in helping establish the State of California’s Healthy Soils Program and have significantly advanced the practice of regenerative agriculture on California rangelands.
View a timeline of Marin Carbon Project's development »


The CA State Coastal Conservancy has assisted five northern California Resource Conservation Districts in the development of carbon farming templates, carbon farm plans, county climate action plans, workshops and trainings with the support of the Carbon Cycle Institute.
The partnership worked with existing infrastructure, agricultural agencies and organizations to both develop and transfer program services easily to land managers. The effort is supported in each county by UC Cooperative Extension Service, local land trusts, the NRCS and county Agricultural Commissioners.
Read their project description and final report »


The State of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture released its first Healthy Soils awards in December 2017. Just under $180,000 was awarded to ranchers involved with the Marin Carbon Project and will go towards supporting soil carbon sequestration practices including compost application, hedgerows, silvopasture and cover crop planting. 
Read more about California's Healthy Soils Program »


The California Air Resources Board adopted an initial set of targets for GHG sequestration in California’s natural and working lands in its updated AB32 Scoping Plan. By 2030, California aims to sequester 15-20 MMT CO2 in agricultural and conserved landscapes.
Read the full 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update »

2016 - Marin Carbon Project Receives Leadership in Organics Award

MCP received the Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Award from the California Resource Recovery Association. This award recognizes a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that demonstrates excellence in the production, marketing and/or utilization of organic materials.

2016 - CAPCOA approves new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association has announced the approval of a new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol that recruits ranchers in the fight against climate change.The new GHG protocol is based off of the ACR protocol for the practice of applying compost to rangelands. The practice helps reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases through enhanced photosynthetic capture of carbon dioxide from the air and enhances the productivity and water holding capacity of rangelands.
Read the press release from CAPCOA »

2016 - MCP Honored as American Carbon Registry Presents Annual Awards to Celebrate Outstanding Environmental Achievements

The award went to the four entities that developed a first-of-a-kind carbon offset methodology to quantify emissions reductions from the application of compost to rangelands: Terra Global Capital, Environmental Defense Fund, Marin Carbon Project and Silver Lab at U.C. Berkeley. The methodology was developed by Terra Global Capital with support from the other awardees and was funded by USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program, which aims to stimulate the adoption of innovative approaches to environmental stewardship in the agriculture sector.
Read the press release from the American Carbon Registry »

2015 - American Carbon Registry Approves Rangeland Compost Protocol

The American Carbon Registry, which oversees the creation of carbon offset protocols and the registration of carbon offset projects, has approved a protocol, Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands, which was researched and proposed by MCP and our partners. Ranchers will now be able to sell offset credits for sequestering carbon on grazed grasslands.
Read the press release from Environmental Defense Fund >>

2013 - MCP Receives USDA grant for carbon farming

The Marin Resource Conservation District in collaboration with MCP received a $75,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from US Department of Agriculture to support MCP’s carbon farming efforts this coming year.  NRCS continues to be an central partner in MCP’s work and this grant specifically will help integrate carbon into NRCS’ conservation planning.
Read USDA’s announcement of 2013 CIG awards in California >>

2013 - AB32 Scoping Plan Incorporates Agriculture and Rangelands

On Oct. 1 the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released its revised Scoping Plan under AB32.  ARB serves as the lead agency implementing the climate change goals for the State of California established under AB32.  MCP and its allies have work hard over the last year to make sure climate-friendly agricultural practices, including rangeland carbon strategies, were included as strategic actions within the Scoping Plan, which will be considered for approval by ARB’s board in the early 2014.  We are happy to report that agriculture, in general, and rangelands, specifically, are included in the current draft version of the Scoping Plan.  
View draft Scoping Plan [note Section 3 (Agriculture) and Section 6 (Natural and Working lands) for discussion of rangelands] >>


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