- Truterra, a sustainability-focused subsidiary of US farmer cooperative Land O’Lakes, has agreed to sell carbon credits worth up to $2 million to tech giant Microsoft, which is aiming to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2030.
- The deal covers the equivalent of 100,000 metric tons of carbon sequestered by Land O’Lakes corn, cotton, soybean, and wheat farmers.
- It’s the first sale announced under TruCarbon, the new carbon credits trading program launched by Truterra and the Soil Health Institute.
Why it matters:
Several agrifood sector players have launched carbon credits schemes in recent months, driven by increasingly eco-conscious end consumers and governments – as well as major companies keen to offset their own emissions.
Land O’Lakes claims TruCarbon is the first farmer-owned carbon credits scheme to enter the market.
“TruCarbon is providing farmers new opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their stewardship, creating new revenue opportunities […] as they adopt soil health practices,” said Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford.
“It’s through innovative approaches such as TruCarbon that our [co-op] can help ensure that farmers’ businesses are profitable, our rural communities are resilient, and the land, air, and water are healthy for future generations.”
Beyond this particular deal — which is expected to pay out to participating growers later this year — Land O’Lakes farmers may be eligible for retroactive compensation based on soil health practices they adopted in past growing seasons.
The Minnesotan co-op announced a partnership with Microsoft last year to develop agtech innovations around supply chain logistics, sustainability, and rural internet connectivity.