Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know

Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know

Virtual Roundtable

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Noon – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Today’s agriculture environment is more dynamic than ever, with private-sector companies asking farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices with thoughts of increasing their income while reducing their carbon footprint. But not all climate programs are carbon-only initiatives. What does this really mean for farmers in terms of costs and commitments associated with these programs? What information does a farmer need to share? How long is a farmer locked into these private-sector agreements if Federal programs arise? What are some of the burdens involved, and what practices or measured outcomes are required to participate in the program?

Iowa Farm Bureau’s Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know virtual roundtable will help answer those questions and synthesize that volume of information into useful insights. By bringing together scientific, business, association and private-sector climate program stakeholders, we’ll help farmers build understanding from various perspectives by looking at program attributes, outcomes for farm families, possible consequences of engaging or withholding from participating in programs currently, and how existing programs integrate with or transition to future broad-scale programs moving forward.

This 2 ½ hour virtual roundtable is FREE for Farm Bureau members (and $50 for non-members), and takes place on Wednesday, July 14 at Noon (CDT).

The webinar will kick off with an overview from American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Shelby Myers and Dr. Joe Outlaw, Professor and Extension Economist at Texas A&M – followed by a roundtable discussion with representatives from companies that are currently offering carbon credit programs, including: Lisa Streck (Bayer), Ben Gordon (Corteva) & Adam Kiel (Soil and Water Outcomes Fund – a subsidiary of the Iowa Soybean Association).

Participants will also have an opportunity to directly engage with our panel of speakers by submitting questions prior to the event and/or by using the ZOOM Q&A feature during the event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about private-sector carbon credit programs currently available and what those programs could mean for you and your farm operation moving forward.

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Speaker Information

Shelby Myers

SHELBY MYERS - Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Shelby Swain Myers is an Economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation with a focus on crop markets, farm policy, and sustainability markets. She and the rest of the economics team are responsible for tracking markets and examining the impact of various legislative and regulatory initiatives on agriculture. Shelby earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, with a research emphasis on agriculture policy and a thesis analyzing the Farm Bill. Before joining AFBF, Shelby spent four years on the Public Policy Team at Indiana Farm Bureau and had internship experiences with Purdue Extension and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

In September of 2019, Shelby was appointed by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers and she is currently the vice-chair. She additionally serves as an advisor for her sorority, Sigma Kappa, at Purdue University, and is a 4-H volunteer following her participation as a 10-year member. Though currently living in Washington, D.C., Shelby and her husband, Isaac, are still engaged on the family farm in New Richmond, IN where they raise corn and soybeans with beef cattle and custom sweet corn for a local distillery.

Joe Outlaw

Dr. Joe Outlaw - Regents Fellow, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M

Dr. Outlaw serves as the Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University. In this role, Dr. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff, as well as stakeholders, to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy changes. His extension education and applied research activities are focused on assessing the impacts of commodity programs, crop insurance, renewable energy, and climate change legislation on U.S. agricultural operations.

Dr. Outlaw has received more than 30 state, regional and national awards for his policy education efforts and has been awarded Fellow of both the Southern and Western Agricultural Economics Associations.

Dr. Outlaw is originally from Devine, Texas. He received his B.S (1987), M.S. (1988), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics.

Roundtable Panel

Max Dougherty

Max Dougherty – Carbon Business Development Lead at Bayer

Max Dougherty leads Business Development for the Bayer Carbon Initiative where he works with companies in the agri-food, fuel and fiber value-chain to establish partnerships that advance sustainability and decarbonization while benefiting farmers, consumers, and the environment. Max has been with Bayer for over 10 years, previously working at the Climate Corporation, Bayer’s digital farming division, in roles of increasing responsibility in Sales, Business Development, and Marketing.

Max is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Applied Economics and holds an MBA form Washington University in Saint Louis. Max now resides in Saint Louis, Missouri but originally hails from a family farm in Iowa.

Ben Goedon

BEN GORDON - Portfolio Leader, Carbon and Ecosystems Services Portfolio at Corteva Agriscience

Ben Gordon is responsible for developing holistic solutions to reward farmers for sustainable outcomes and drive farm profitability. Prior to this leadership role, Ben had been with Granular, a Corteva Agriscience Company, for three years working in corporate development and product management. Before joining Granular, he worked in management consulting and served as an Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard. Ben grew up in North Dakota surrounded by agriculture and earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota. Ben currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys backpacking in the mountains and spending time back in the Midwest with friends and family.

Adam Kiel

Adam Kiel - Executive Vice President, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund

Adam Kiel is the Executive Vice President of the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, a subsidiary of the Iowa Soybean Association. In this role Adam co-administers the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund with ReHarvest Partners. Adam has over 20 years of experience in the field and held a prior role as Director of Conservation for the Iowa Soybean Association. Adam has also held positions with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and National Park Service. Adam grew up on a family farm near Decorah, Iowa. Adam earned a Bachelor of Science in geography from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.