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. It also rewards farmers $100 per acre for the larger public contributions they make when they implement conservation practices that provide water, soil, carbon and other environmental benefits.

RIPE 100 Primary Policy Principles

  1. Allows producers to receive a reasonable return, with payment levels that surpass policy costs, including the full cost to implement voluntary stewardship practices and indirect costs impacted by climate regulations such as higher fuel and fertilizer costs. This is $100/acre for the pilot phase. 
  2. Enables all farmers to participate with a farmer-friendly program that is simple and practical. The list of qualifying practices includes practical options such as cover crops and nutrient management for farmers of all sizes and types, and a simple enrollment program that does not include ranked applications so all farmers can participate.  
  3. Rewards early actors and demonstrates greenhouse gas “additionality,” allowing all farmers to be compensated for the environmental benefits they deliver regardless of their prior actions. 
  4. Compensates voluntary stewardship at levels that align with the combined environmental values delivered, including mitigating climate change, improving water quality, enhancing soil health, conserving water, preserving biodiversity, protecting endangered species, mitigating floods and improving air quality.  
  5. Promotes equity and inclusion by addressing barriers that have often kept farmers of color, smaller diversified farmers, women farmers and beginning farmers from participating in agricultural programs.
  6. Does not compete for funds against existing safety net programs. The program will be appropriated as part of new funding streams for climate change and environmental benefits, such as a new title in the Farm Bill. (A pilot or initial phase may be authorized and appropriated within standard funding vehicles.)
  7. Complements existing markets and programs by allowing stacking payments up to the public value delivered by the practice. Program will leverage biofuel markets and other conservation programs and policies, such that producers may receive benefits from multiple programs so long as the total payment may not exceed the value the public receives from the practices.
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 Farmers Say About RIPE

“Not punishing early adopters is important to me and my husband as we have done many practices over the years and are running out of options.”

“This is the right way to move farmers.”

“This is the only plan out there that will help get good stewardship practices on the ground.”

RIPE is farther ahead than most others on policy development, and the focus on early adopters is so valuable.

There is a need for locally flexible federal conservation programs, and I think RIPE has a really good approach.

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.