Welcome to the inaugural edition of the RIPE eNewsletter, <<First Name>>! You’ve joined hundreds of other subscribers who are interested in shaping and advancing this unique farmer-led climate policy.
At RIPE, we believe farmers have a role to play in tackling climate change, but they shouldn’t sacrifice their own livelihood in the process. It’s time farmers are paid for the total value their stewardship practices deliver to the public. That includes carbon sequestration, plus improved soil health, water quality, biodiversity and more.
Subscribing to the newsletter is the first step in helping us advance the RIPE100 policy. In addition to reviewing legislative briefs and policy updates, we hope you’ll share your opinions to help shape a strong policy that’s relevant to all farmers — starting now with this month’s survey below! We’ll also share tips on how farmers are promoting RIPE100, invitations to exclusive events and conversations, and more. Thanks for joining us on this important journey. With your help, we can create and advance this groundbreaking initiative.
What is the RIPE100 Plan?
RIPE is a farmer-led nonprofit advancing a voluntary stewardship program that provides a reasonable return to farmers as part of a national bipartisan climate policy. Our RIPE100 policy plan enables farmers of all sizes and types to earn $100 per acre from conservation practices that deliver public value through carbon sequestration, soil health, water quality and other environmental services.
In developing the policy, we examine and quantify stewardship practices based on their environmental contributions and assign a dollar value to each practice. We talk with farmers and farm groups to identify which practices are practical for farmers of all types. As a farmer-led organization, we believe farmers must be integral to developing a comprehensive suite of practices that all farm types can adopt.
But farmers’ feedback doesn’t end with identifying the practical and high-impact conservation practices. Farmers shaped the following features of the RIPE100 plan:
Pays $100/acre for stewardship including the total public value for soil health, water quality, biodiversity and more.
Complements the carbon market.
Compensates conservation practices that are currently implemented.
Offers easy enrollment and verification.
Available to all sizes and types of farms.