What is in this article?:
- California rice project to strengthen carbon credit market?
- Reviews and registries
- Partnerships, Mid-South
- USDA grant will allow the Environmental Defense Fund, in collaboration with Winrock International, to "demonstrate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in rice production."
- Project will involves rice fields in both California and Arkansas.
- When complete, the findings will apply to other rice-growing states.
- Aims to allow rice producers to engage in carbon markets.
On the partnership with Winrock…
“We’re very much a partnership.
“Winrock is primarily responsible for working with the growers in Arkansas. When we established the collaboration, we did it because they have the relationships on the ground in Arkansas with the rice associations and growers.
“We have the relationships on the ground in California.
“More broadly, we’ve collaborated with the USA Rice Federation. They have great interest in doing this and making the methodology valid for the Mid-South states.”
Will you move into rice-growing states other than California and Arkansas?
“The way the project is written, we’ll only do on the ground projects in Arkansas and California. But we’ll make sure we have the right measurements from practices in the other states to feed into the DNDC model. (That would make) the methodology valid for use in most, if not all, the rice-growing states.”
Anything else EDF is working with in terms of the carbon markets?
“There’s currently an ACR protocol on fertilizer -- nitrous oxide emissions reduction from changes in application.
“That methodology uses the same DNDC model used in rice. (For fertilizer), we’ve been looking at trying to do the same type of project as we’re doing with rice. We have it laid out and have collaborated with the Western Growers Association and are hoping to collaborate with the California Farm Bureau to implement projects on the ground.
“Our collaboration with Western Growers is focused on fresh produce – primarily leafy greens and tomatoes. But we’re very interested in how that same protocol could be applied to corn production.”