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July 2022

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RIPE100 policy proposal: $100/acre or animal unit for stewardship

RIPE Champion Ed Kessel Spotlights RIPE in North Dakota Soy Magazine

RIPE was recently featured as the cover story of The North Dakota Soybean Grower Magazine’s June issue, thanks to RIPE champion and farmer Ed Kessel!

In the article, Ed, who represents the North Dakota Grain Growers Association on our producer-led steering committee, explained how the RIPE100 policy proposal differs from existing programs that focus only on carbon sequestration and exclude early adopters. He and RIPE Vice President Martin Barbre also discussed our proposal to the USDA for Climate-Smart Commodities funding.

View the issue here!

We are grateful to Ed for his ongoing efforts to champion RIPE in the media! If you want to learn more about how you can help get RIPE in the news, contact Ag Outreach Director Jamie Powers for support.

Cover of June issue of North Dakota Soybean Grower Magazine with Ed Kessel
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Minn. Producers: Tell Sen. Klobuchar to Back RIPE
RIPE Board Vice President Eunie Biel, steering committee member Rachel Gray, and RIPE staff recently met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office to discuss the RIPE program. Her staff said they would brief the senator and asked to hear more from producer-leaders across Minnesota. This is a critical moment to let her know how many farmers and ranchers support the RIPE100 policy proposal.

If you farm in Minnesota, please add your name to our letter of support here! We will include your name when we deliver the letter to Sen. Klobuchar’s office. Thank you!

Help RIPE Shape Farm Bill Away From Cost-Share to Reasonable Return Through FACA
As a member of the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), RIPE joins meetings to develop and promote climate policy priorities across the agriculture, food and forestry value chains. It’s a critically important coalition including farm bureaus and environmental organizations developing its Farm Bill platform in the next two months. FACA supports carbon farming programs and research. However, since RIPE’s research indicates those programs leave most farmers at a net-loss, we want to broaden their scope to include a reasonable return principle.

In June, we submitted a policy recommendation to FACA’s relevant working groups to consider a climate-smart conservation program that would set a price floor above climate policy costs to ensure producers can earn a reasonable return, based on environmental benefits including greenhouse gas, soil health, water and others.

We need your help to build on our letter and activate this powerful coalition to shift from cost-share to reasonable return! Learn how you can help make $100 per acre a reality in just 5 minutes!

RIPE Steering Committee Member Testifies on 2023 Farm Bill, Urges Committee to Include Policy Principles

RIPE Steering Committee member Brad Doyle, who serves as president of American Soybean Association, testified during a recent U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry field hearing in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

He urged the committee to adequately fund conservation programs and “practices that address cropland soil quality and health, water quality and quantity, providing regulatory predictability and saving input costs.” This amplifies RIPE’s principles of enabling producers to economically benefit from conservation based on the broad suite of environmental benefits they deliver and the importance of shaping a policy with bipartisan support to ensure a predictable framework for producers.

We appreciate the inclusion of our principles during Congressional hearings, and look forward to advancing the RIPE100 proposal for its inclusion in the 2023 Farm Bill.

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Together with our steering committee and FAN members, the RIPE outreach team looks forward to connecting with more of the ag community by attending and supporting several upcoming in-person and virtual events. If you plan on being at one of these events, please let us know so that we can connect in person!

July 15: Regenerate, Restore, Reclaim, Wetmore, Kansas. RIPE staff will be on hand to support FAN member Ted Hinton at this event by Soil Regen. About 150 producers ​​and other members of the ag industry will gather to learn about regenerative agriculture practices, soil health and how both improve water quality and watershed resiliency. RIPE will have a booth, speak at the event, and host a grower dinner.

If you’re interested in having a member of the RIPE team speak with your ag organization or offer support at an event, contact Ag Outreach Director Jamie Powers.

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A Closer Look RIPE’s Qualifying Practices: Dry Seeding for Rice

We continually work to expand the set of RIPE100 qualifying practices. This month, we highlight dry seeding for rice grown in California or regions south of I-10. This protocol has been accepted by California’s offset program, which is one of the strictest programs in the world.

Farmers who adopt dry seeding provide significant climate benefits. The practice reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1 metric ton per acre, but even that significant benefit is only worth around $22 per acre. However, the practice also delivers nearly $80 in air quality benefits and $8 in water conservation per acre, reaching a total of $109 per acre. Review our methodology and sources here.

See the full list of RIPE’s qualifying practices here.

Chart showing cover crop benefits in addition to carbon value

RIPE Practices Offer Great Environmental Benefits Beyond Carbon Value

The cost of a climate policy on agricultural inputs plus the cost of adopting stewardship practices will total around $67 per acre for many producers. Carbon farming payments will only deliver around $17 per acre to producers (at a carbon price of $50 per ton), leaving them with a net loss. However, farmers and ranchers who adopt stewardship practices deliver public benefits around $100-$300 per acre when stacking the ecosystem services such as soil health, climate, water quality, biodiversity, and more.

We believe producers should earn the stacked ecosystem service value of their voluntary practices, delivering value to the public and the grower.

Chart displaying producer costs for climate versus the private market size

RIPE in the News

RIPE Vice President Martin Barbre was recently featured on National Sorghum Producers’ podcast “Sorghum Smart Talk: Policy Edition,” where he shared details of the RIPE100 policy and more.

You’re Invited!

Have you attended one of our monthly webinars about the RIPE100 policy yet? Click below to check out the schedule and sign up. Share the registration with your friends! The next webinar is on July 21.

Invitation for RIPE100 policy proposal webinar - Feb. 23

Iowa Producer-Leader: RIPE Can Help Pass Down a Healthy Farm

Like most other family farmers, a goal for third-generation Iowa farmer and RIPE Board President Curt Mether is to ensure that his farm is in good condition to be passed down to future generations. Learn more about Curt and how he believes RIPE can help contribute to a healthy farm.

Farmer Curt Mether: ‘We Want to Hand a Healthy Farm Down to Our Kids’

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