National Farmers Union (NFU) has extended the enrollment deadline for the NFU Carbon Credit Program. Those looking to participate now have until Saturday, Sept. 15, to enroll no-till crop acres and seeded grasses; the Oct. 1 deadline to apply for the new native rangeland enhancement practice remains the same. "Extending the enrollment deadline to Sept. 15 will allow more farmers to participate and reap the benefits of the program," says NFU President Tom Buis.

The program allows agricultural producers and landowners to earn income by storing carbon in their soil through no-till crop production, including alfalfa, seeded tame grasses or CRP, native rangeland enhancement, forestry offsets and methane digesters. The program began last year and is a voluntary, private-sector approach to conservation, and more than a million acres are already enrolled.

Carbon credit trading not only offers the potential to help offset carbon dioxide emissions thought to cause climate change, it also offers farmers and ranchers an opportunity to improve their bottom lines. Farmers Union has earned approval from the Chicago Climate Exchange to aggregate carbon credits. It will enroll producer acreages of carbon into blocks of credits that will be traded on the exchange, much like other ag commodities are traded. All contracts run through Dec. 31, 2010. All enrollments are done online and can be completed by going to and selecting the "Carbon Credit Program" link.

Source: National Farmers Union.