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Title: Bringing Greenhouse Gas Benefits to Market: Nutrient Management for Nitrous Oxide Reductions

Grantee: Delta Institute

Year: 2011                                                                 

Amount: $161,180

Project: Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and is emitted when nitrogen fertilizers are added to soil. The Delta Institute and partners (including American Farmland Trust, Conservation Technology Information Center, Environmental Defense Fund and agricultural retailers) developed a program to allow farmers to generate quantifiable nitrous oxide emissions reductions through voluntary implementation of more efficient nitrogen fertilizer management techniques.

Result: The Delta Institute developed its Nitrogen Credit Program, working with corn farmers in the North Central U.S.  In a first-of-its-kind transaction in early 2014, The Climate Trust purchased nitrous oxide emissions reduction credits from farmers participating in the program, providing a new income stream for the farmers and reducing their greenhouse gas impacts.

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