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March 23 National Agricultural Law Center webinar will provide insight on carbon contracts

Understanding carbon contracts an agriculture

March 4, 2022

By Will Clark
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:
• National Agricultural Law Center webinar offers overview of carbon contracts.
• Webinar is March 23 at noon-1 p.m. EDT/11-noon CDT.
• Register online at:

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Soil carbon contracts are unlike other contracts signed by farmers and ranchers, and present new challenges and questions. As a result, these contracts will be the focus of the National Agricultural Law Center’s webinar, “Considering Carbon: Understanding the Legalities of Soil Carbon Sequestration Contracts,” on March 23, at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT.

Several programs exist that offer to pay farmers to increase the carbon levels in their soil through no-till, strip-till, and cover cropping. In exchange for implementing these practices, farmers agree to sell the carbon credits generated on their fields to third-party brokers, who in turn sell those credits to industries looking to offset their emissions and reduce their carbon footprints.

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FIELD OF PROMISE -- Contracts for carbon sequesteration can be an additional revenue for farmers.

This webinar’s presenter will be Todd J. Janzen, attorney and founder of Janzen Schroeder Agricultural Law LLC. He’ll provide an examination of these new soil carbon contracts and explain the challenges to widespread adoption.

“For those wanting to enter the soil carbon space, this webinar will help them better understand the challenges these contracts can create while providing strategies to facilitate more widespread farmer adoption,” Janzen said. “Soil carbon contracts present farmers with a new revenue stream that comes not from producing a crop, but from how that crop is produced.”

The upcoming webinar is the next installment in the National Agricultural Law Center’s “Considering Carbon” series, a collection of webinars, blogs, and other resources discussing a variety of topics related to the carbon space.

You can find other “Considering Carbon” resources here:

“Recently, both USDA and private industry have become very focused on soil carbon sequestration. The complex contracts needed to develop this market while also protecting the landowner make this issue incredibly relevant to the ag law community,” Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center said. “Todd is a nationally respected agricultural lawyer with tremendous experience on this issue. We’re looking forward to him providing additional insight and clarity on carbon contracts.”

Learn more and register for the webinar here:

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community. The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media contact: Will Clar,   479-899-2673