RIPE100 is a proposal to directly pay farmers a minimum of $100 per acre or animal unit for voluntary land stewardship that can provide a greater benefit to the public through carbon sequestration, improved soil health, cleaner water, water conservation, flood mitigation, pollination, biodiversity and other environmental services. This approach is supported by many program precedents, volumes of peer-reviewed research, and offers producers adequate incentive to adopt key conservation measures.
RIPE100 is designed to remedy many of the shortcomings of carbon farming payment programs, which are a net economic loss for most farmers, and allows farmers to participate in both systems. It also promotes diversity, equity and inclusion by addressing barriers that have often kept farmers of color, smaller diversified farmers, women farmers and young farmers from participating in previous conservation programs.
The RIPE100 plan:
- Offers farmers and ranchers a profitable incentive to invest in effective farm stewardship practices.
- Eliminates middlemen and expensive transaction costs
- Integrates equity principles and rewards farmers of all sizes and types
- Offers policymakers flexibility on funding mechanisms
- Uses a simple program design that offers transparency to all stakeholders
- Can be implemented within 100 days with room to scale and refine as funding and political support grows.
This plan is uniquely designed to ensure that climate policy will not hamper farmer profitability, offering a path to involve farmers as true champions of climate policy as part of a broader bipartisan climate coalition to improve American farmers’ financial and environmental sustainability.