Crop Educator Says Dodge County Farmers Have More Considerations When Choosing Ag Carbon Credits

(Juneau) Dodge County farmers have more considerations when choosing ag carbon credits. One of those considerations is the flexibility of the contract. University of Wisconsin Extension Soil and Crop Educator Will Fulwider suggests farmers talk with a carbon credit aggregator when choosing carbon storing practices. 

“I would definitely talk to the person at length about it,” says Fulwider. “Read your contract, maybe get a lawyer to also look at your contract to see kind of what you have to do, what are you on the hook for, as I mentioned earlier, if something goes awry.”    

Fulwider says that it is a step that farmers could take if they have already switched to a different practice on certain parts of their land and not others. Another consideration is real estate law. Fulwider says that the contracts are not really contracts. 

“These contracts are not really, you’re working with land,” Fulwider says. “But these contracts are not established real estate law. There’s no easement on your land. So, you kind of working this nebulous space that what you are beholden to as a farmer.”   

Fulwider says that carbon must be offset for a certain period of time, usually 50 to 100 years.