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* Please note - If you have any additional questions about eligibility, you can reach out to us through the live chat at the bottom right of your Carbon account.
If you have already added fields, you can always review or edit their eligibility by navigating to the Check Eligibility tab under My Carbon Status:
Who is eligible for Carbon by Indigo?
To be eligible for payment in Carbon by Indigo, you are required to:
Farm field crops in a state within Indigo's current service area (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin) At this time, we do not service rangeland, pastureland, orchards, vineyards, or other afforested areas. Fruits and vegetables are also ineligible.
Farm crops included in the following list: Barley, Canola (Fall & Spring planted), Corn, Cotton, Dry Edible Beans, Dry Field Peas, Flax, Oats, Peanuts, Rye, Sorghum, Soybeans, Sugar Beets, Sunflowers, Wheat (Winter & Spring). If you farm a crop not included here such as Rice, Potatoes, or Pumpkins, those fields are not currently eligible.
Adopt or advance at least one new carbon farming practice: adding cover crops, increasing cover crop diversity or growth period, reducing tillage, diversifying your rotation, or moving your Nitrogen application closer to planting. Keep in mind that at least 25% of the field boundary area must exhibit this new carbon farming practice to qualify.
Submit all field and management information by required deadlines, beginning with contracting your field boundaries on our web platform
Experience an increase in overall carbon sequestered and greenhouse gas emissions reduced on your farm, as determined by Indigo using your management information
Additionally, you must meet the following requirements:
You must have the exclusive rights to operate your enrolled acres
You cannot already be enrolled in a program in which you are paid for generating carbon credits
The ecosystem cannot have been cleared in the last 10 years
2. Can I enroll if my land is part of CSP, EQIP, or another NRCS program?
Yes, you are eligible to earn payments when enrolled in conservation programs like CSP, EQIP, or another NRCS program, with the exceptions of CRP and WRP, which are ineligible. Participation in the Carbon by Indigo program does not affect your right to any Farm Service Agency or USDA subsidies or other payments so long as they are not payments for the generation of carbon credits or carbon attributes.
3. Why do you have a minimum acreage limit?
In order to ensure the highest possible grower payments, Indigo has a 150-acre minimum. Indigo will review and adjust acreage minimums as we achieve improved efficiencies through data and technology. Stay on our mailing list to keep informed on any future additions to the program that may be interesting to you and your operation.
4. Why isn't my crop(s) eligible right now?
For the time being, we are only able to effectively measure carbon sequestration for the specific crops on the eligibility list. We are excited to expand Carbon by Indigo into new crops in the future. We are working hard to do this and will let you know as soon as additional crops become eligible. Stay on our mailing list to keep informed on any future additions to the program that may be interesting to you and your operation.
5. When will my region/area be eligible?
Ineligible region of the US: For the time being, we are only able to service a limited geographic area. We are working hard to expand the program into your area in the future. Stay on our mailing list to keep informed on any future additions to the program that may be interesting to you and your operation.
International: Thank you for your interest in the Carbon by Indigo program! For the time being, we are only able to service a limited geographic area in the United States. We are working hard to expand our program internationally in the future. Stay on our mailing list to keep informed on any future additions to the program that may be interesting to you and your operation.
6. Why is pastureland/rangeland/forested land/orchards/etc. not eligible?
For the time being, we are only able to effectively measure crop practices on cropland. We are working hard to include additional land types in the Carbon by Indigo program in the future. Stay on our mailing list to keep informed on any future additions to the program that may be interesting to you and your operation.
7. Do I need to delete my ineligible fields?
You do not need to delete ineligible fields. You can keep them mapped in the site at no cost and if they become eligible in the future, you will only need to add them to your contract and begin entering the required records.