The Delta Institute’s Nitrogen Credit Program (NCP) is an opportunity for farmers to generate additional revenue by adopting a “4R” nutrient stewardship strategy that reduces total nitrogen (N) fertilizer applied to their corn crops. Field trials by Michigan State University researchers have shown that the rate of N fertilizer is the best predictor of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in row crop agriculture in the U.S. Midwest. By demonstrating increases in N use efficiency from rate adjustments, farmers can reduce their N2O emissions and generate N credits on a voluntary basis without sacrificing yield.

NCP in the News
6/24/14 – MLive: West Michigan researchers cutting greenhouse gasses one farm at a time
6/19/14 – Delta Institute: First Agricultural Fertilizer Offset Transaction Rewards Michigan Farmer and Reduces Emissions
6/11/14 – Scientific American: Copious Fertilizer Down on the Farm Means More Global Warming Pollution up in the Sky
6/9/14 – Electric Power Research Institute: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offset Issued in First Agricultural Offsets Transaction
5/7/14 - The Lawyer article: Two Dentons clients win awards for their carbon-reduction activities
3/27/14 – ACR’s 2014 Innovation Award: American Carbon Registry Presents Annual Awards for Outstanding Environmental Achievements (PDF)
2/24/14 - USDA Blog Post by NRCS Chief Jason Weller: Grant Helps Farmers Sustainability Goals, Embrace New Technology
2/21/14 - Corn and Soybean Digest article: New Nitrogen Reduction Trading Program
2/19/14 - PRESS RELEASE: Innovative Conservation Partnership Launches the First Ever Credit Transaction to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agriculture (PDF)

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