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Indigo Agriculture Launches New Regenerative Ag Program
Indigo Agriculture is tweaking its regenerative agriculture platform, the company announced October 30.
It has introduced Indigo Acres to “…completely align with our mission to harness nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” says Rachel Raymond, chief operating officer. “This program consists of products and services that can help improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health.”
Indigo Acres brings this portfolio to the farmgate by offering a package that supports growers’ transition to regenerative practices. These practices can help improve the profitability of U.S. farmers by enabling a new revenue stream through carbon credits, providing premium pricing for sustainably grown grain through Indigo Marketplace, decreasing input costs, and improving a farm’s resilience to extreme weather.
There are three tiers of adoption in Indigo Acres, allowing growers to participate in a tier that most closely aligns with their own regenerative agriculture system. They include:
- Indigo Acres Standard. The first tier of Indigo Acres, Standard is available at no cost. Growers sign up for Indigo Carbon and Indigo Marketplace, an ecommerce platform for directly transacting on grain, through an online portal when enrolling.
- Indigo Acres Plus. Building upon Standard, Plus offers growers data-driven recommendations from agronomists through four in-depth visits throughout the year, patented microbiome seed treatments, and grain quality testing to further a grower’s profitability potential.
- Indigo Acres Complete. The top tier maximizes growers’ soil carbon content and profitability. Complete includes year-round visits from an Indigo certified regenerative agronomist, microbiome seed treatments, crop pricing tools, premium buyer contracts, and handheld grain quality testing, among other components.
Growers can sign up for a 12-month trial for Indigo Acres Plus and Indigo Acres Complete. Both of these have a per-acre cost to growers, but feature a wide range of support tools to help growers enhance profitability, the company says.
Indigo Acres encourages and supports grower adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. These practices draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide and enrich agricultural soils. Examples of regenerative practices include cover cropping, diverse crop rotations, input reductions, reduced or no tillage, and livestock integration. By employing a data-driven approach, Indigo’s agronomists will make recommendations tailored to each field to make the adoption of regenerative practices easier – ultimately increasing the amount of carbon sequestered.
From there, growers can get paid for carbon sequestration through Indigo Carbon, a key component of Indigo Acres. Subject to program rules for vesting and holdbacks, growers can earn $15 per carbon credit generated in 2020 if they sign up for the program before the end of this year.
According to Raymond, a carbon credit is defined as 1 metric ton of carbon either stored in the soil or through avoided emissions.
“At Indigo, we believe that to address three of the biggest challenges in agriculture – grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health – we have to question the whole system,” says David Perry, Indigo’s CEO. “We see the adoption of regenerative practices as an important part of that change, and have designed our new tiered offer, Indigo Acres, to help growers make that transition.”