Locus AG donates climate-smart technology to help farmers offset COVID-19 losses
Looking to use a regenerative agriculture treatment that coincides with this month’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22?
Officials for Locus Agricultural Solutions say the firm will donate its climate-smart technology to farmers using regenerative agriculture practices, giving back to their communities during the crisis, or both. It is accepting nominations to give away a free soil probiotic treatment farmers can use to reduce current operating costs and carbon footprints. Locus officials say its Rhizolizer technology also boosts future crop yields and income.
“The agriculture industry has suffered a series of hardships these last few years, and farming communities are bracing for a huge economic hit from COVID-19,” said Grant Aldridge, Locus AG’s CEO, in a company news release. “Farmers are excellent stewards of their land and grow the food that sustains us all. We are honoring Earth Day 2020 by giving to those who give so much to humanity. We want to highlight their efforts, show our appreciation, and let them know that we support them.”
The deadline to nominate a grower or oneself is May 1, 2020. Farmers receiving the treatments and are interested will have the chance to tell their story on its Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
“This year’s Earth Day theme is climate action and farmers using this technology to do just that will have another way to give back: by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at record levels to benefit both their local and the global community,” Aldridge said in a news release.
Under the CarbonNow program currently being piloted, farmers are to be paid according to a metric called a Nori carbon removal ton (NRT). This metric represents 1 ton of a carbon dioxide-equivalent heat-trapping gas that farmers remove from the atmosphere into the soil through regenerative practices. Regenerative practices include no-till, cover crops, and additions of compost, green manure, or animal manure.