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ESMC Partners with HabiTerre for Ag Emissions and Soil Carbon Modeling Project

This project will explore opportunities for ESMC to reduce barriers to scale while improving quantification of environmental outcomes.

The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), a non-profit, market program that pays farmers and ranchers for their environmental services to society, has chosen HabiTerre, an advanced technology company specializing in environmental and productivity insights for agriculture, to provide modeling services to ESMC’s Eco-Harvest market program. The goal of this work is to improve accuracy and value creation for farmers and ranchers, while further reducing barriers to scale.

The project will evaluate HabiTerre’s approach to high-quality quantification of field-level net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – including soil organic carbon gain or loss, nitrous oxide and methane emissions – to accurately quantify environmental impacts. To ensure Scope 3 emissions reductions are impactful and scalable, scientifically rigorous quantification of outcomes is critical. The project represents the commitment shared by ESMC and HabiTerre to rely on science to make the largest, most scalable impact possible.

Jack Jeworski, ESMC’s Chief Product and Business Officer, leads Eco-Harvest. He notes:

“As we pioneer the future of regenerative agriculture, our partnership with HabiTerre is a game-changer. At Eco-Harvest, our mission is clear: to scale up credible carbon and ecosystem markets that empower producers in their shift to regenerative practices. HabiTerre's unique 'System of Systems' approach is a perfect match for our industry leading MMRV and program ecosystem, offering precise, scalable solutions for carbon and greenhouse gas measurement at the field level. This collaboration isn't just about combining forces; it's about reshaping the agricultural sector with advanced technology and scientific rigor. Together, we're delivering meaningful systems change, advancing a sustainable and secure future across the entire agricultural value chain.”

ESMC represents the potential of collective action and alignment by bringing together a powerful network of over 60 member partners from across the agriculture supply chain. ESMC and members launched the Eco-Harvest market program in 2022. HabiTerre’s system-of-systems approach leverages leading-edge science and technology to serve farmers, corporations, and policymakers across the agriculture supply chain. This approach reduces extensive data gathering needs by quantifying environmental outcomes at the field level.

HabiTerre’s CEO, Nick Reinke, says: 

“The HabiTerre team is excited to work with ESMC to add value to the farmers and extensive network of commercial partners ESMC serves. Through this partnership, we can drive transformational growth and development of the marketplace by addressing key barriers to impact and scale, building upon the tremendous foundation the ESMC team has already established.”


About ESMC

Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) is a non-profit public-private partnership that compensates farmers and ranchers who improve the environment through their agricultural practices. Our voluntary market program, Eco-Harvest, is an accredited end-to-end digitized solution to decarbonize agriculture that helps corporates meet their natural resource needs through standards-based, reportable outcomes. The program incentivizes, quantifies, and verifies (through independent third-party experts) carbon, greenhouse gas, and water outcomes annually, paying farmers and ranchers from the sale of these Scope 3 outcomes to corporates.

About HabiTerre

The HabiTerre team is dedicated to making the world a better and more habitable place by advancing sustainable agriculture and land stewardship with a holistic systems approach to farm productivity and resource use efficiency. We do this by helping farmers and the ag value chain maximize profitability and resilience by reducing negative environmental impacts like GHG emissions, nutrient, soil and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) loss, and water use inefficiencies. 

These capabilities and supporting technologies were developed at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign to scalably, accurately, and cost-effectively quantify agricultural productivity and environmental impacts with the utmost scientific rigor. We use our leading-edge technology combining remote sensing, process models, and artificial intelligence to evaluate past, present and future cropland performance, including crop rotation, management history, yield, water use, nutrient dynamics, GHG emissions, and carbon sequestration.

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