The USDA has partnered with several other organizations to allow entities to purchase carbon credits generated by working ranch grasslands. Chevrolet recently made the first big purchase, buying almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons that were created by working grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota. Landowners can choose to put their land under perpetual easement and receive compensation for the carbon credits that accumulate as a result of avoiding conversion of their grassland. This USDA initiative is part of a broader government effort to protect America’s natural resources in the face of climate change.
Learn more in this press release from the USDA: Carbon Credit Sale.