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Carbon market representatives are at your farm’s door, but you have questions.

The carbon market is an emerging entity and buzzword in the agriculture industry. Every day, different programs are being presented to farmers, landowners, and researchers, creating a lot of questions around carbon and farm operations.

Help clear the air and confusion by attending the Eco Markets and Carbon Dynamics Field Day with University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignIllinois Extension, and Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership.

Spend the day with industry and university experts to:

  • Learn what carbon markets are and the process of carbon sequestration.
  • Find out more about the economic perspective of these markets.
  • Discover what entities are in this industry space and how they operate.
  • Explore the science and latest technology behind current methods for estimating or measuring carbon, including a tour of eddy covariance towers.
  • Hear what research is being done to better understand carbon sequestration from different agricultural practices.

There is no cost to attend the field day, and a free lunch is provided to those who register before Nov. 3. Find the full field day agenda, including topics, presenters, and registration at go.illinois.edu/CarbonFieldDay.

Field Day Agenda

9:00 AM    Welcome and Introductions
Presenters: Emily Heaton, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Megan Baskerville, The Nature Conservancy

9:05           An Overview of Voluntary Carbon Markets for Illinois Farmers
Presenter: Jean Brokish, American Farmland Trust

9:25           An Update on Agricultural Carbon Markets: An Economics Perspective
Presenter: Sarah Sellars, South Dakota State University

9:45           Carbon Markets and Current Tools for Estimating Carbon Sequestration
Presenters: Killian Delaney, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Duane Friend, Illinois Extension

10:05         Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Markets
Presenters: Michael Masters, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Carolyn Banks, Illinois Extension

10:25         Soil Carbon Measurement and Verification
Presenters: Christy Gibson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Doug Gucker, Illinois Extension

10:45         Wrap-Up Q&A with Emily Heaton

11:00         Field Tour and Eddy Covariance Tower Overview

Noon        Lunch

1:00 PM    Adjourn

Those looking for regenerative agriculture information are welcome to attend the Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative Public Convening event following the field day. The event
will be held at the same location beginning at 2 p.m. Find more information and registration at go.illinois.edu/IRegenConvening.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact

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