Cornhusker Economics

Ag Carbon Credits

April 21, 2021

There is a lot of discussion in the ag community about ag carbon credits as part of a larger U.S. strategy to reduce carbon emissions and avoid the very worst impacts of global warming. This newsletter takes us through some of the basics regarding what ag credits are and why they are a current topic of discussion.

What are carbon credits? Carbon credits are sometimes purchased by businesses that are being required to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A carbon credit typically represents one metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most prevalent GHG, and can be created by activities reducing GHG emissions, like reforestation.

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