Farmers: What do you need to know about ecosystem market opportunities?

URBANA, Ill. – To best serve the ag industry, the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership, an independent resource for farmers and their advisers on carbon market opportunities, considerations, and developments, is asking for input on what aspects of carbon markets remain unclear. By identifying information gaps, the organization can determine barriers keeping agriculturalists from engaging with carbon markets.

"The data will help us develop additional ecosystem market resources and programming to better assist farmers to navigate the evolving landscape of ecosystem market opportunities," says Talon Becker, University of Illinois Extension commercial ag educator. "The ISAP does not endorse any particular program or company; rather, its goal is to facilitate data sharing among our farmer networks."

Access the survey at go.illinois.edu/EcoMarketSurvey. For more information, contact ISAP at ilsustainableag@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE ISAP: Sustainable Ag Partnership focuses on messaging, outreach, training, and education for farmers and their trusted advisers to bring together and disseminate new information and lessons learned in plain, practical language. Members work collaboratively to amplify the programs of each organization, share resources to gain efficiencies and identify synergies in achieving soil health and nutrient goals. ISAP’s mission is to create a network to support a systems approach on agriculture lands to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss. ISAP’s members include: The Nature Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, Precision Conservation ManagementIllinois CornIllinois Central CollegeThe Wetlands InitiativeThe Zea Mays Foundation, Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsIllinois Pheasants Forever and Quail ForeverUniversity of Illinois ExtensionAgriculture Drainage Management CoalitionIllinois Soybean AssociationIllinois Certified Crop Advisers, and Midwest Dairy

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

EDITOR: Judy Mae Bingman, Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager
SOURCE: Talon Becker, Illinois Extension Commercial Ag Educator