American farmers have a pivotal role to play in tackling climate change, but they shouldn’t sacrifice their own livelihood in the process. RIPE100 is uniquely designed to ensure that climate policy will not hamper farmer profitability, and illustrate the larger climate contribution farmers provide by recognizing climate mitigating practices in addition to carbon.

As the 117th Congress considers climate policy, including the proposed USDA Carbon Bank, they have an opportunity to change the partisan climate dialogue with a policy designed to address farmers’ economic needs. The RIPE100 pilot is intended for the Appropriations or Infrastructure bills currently being discussed by legislators.

The RIPE100 program:

  • Differs from other plans that focus solely on carbon payments. RIPE100 payments of $100 per acre reflect the value to society for carbon, soil health, water quality, and other environmental services. Existing carbon payment programs average around $15 per acre.
  • Covers the full cost of implementation, including the increased costs of inputs affected by climate policy, plus a reasonable return beyond participation costs that reflects the combined public benefits.
  • Makes enrollment easy and supports practices that are currently implemented.
76%

of farmers support a climate policy that pays $100 per acre for voluntary adoption of conservation practices

78%

of farmers support a policy that pays for practices that improve soil health and water quality as well as carbon capture over a policy that pays solely for carbon capture

Independent survey of farmers conducted by Trust In Food

What Industry Experts Say About RIPE…

“RIPE provides a promising path for farmers to turn specific, widely-accepted, science-based metrics that measure outcomes into practical methods that can incentivize farmers to adopt practices that they may not currently be implementing on their farm, and be rewarded for their efforts. These efforts will be critical in addressing issues like climate, water quality, and financial instability.”

“I really appreciate RIPE’s big picture approach to how climate legislation can benefit [the Agricultural industry] instead of punish it.”

“RIPE is a collaborative effort that recognizes animal agriculture’s positive contribution to our planet, including driving the demand base for millions of acres of carbon sequestrating feed grains and oil seeds, as well as providing a significant amount of natural fertilizers which reduces our need for fossil fuel based fertilizer production.”

RIPE is a farmer-led non-profit advancing a national climate policy that invests in voluntary agricultural stewardship practices that provide a reasonable return to farmers and the public.