Code 808 - Using carbon-based amendments to increase soil carbon and improve the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil.
What you need to document in application (some variations based on State):
• Purpose of practice
• In-field Soil Health Assessment Worksheet completed for each conservation management unit.
• Planned fields receiving amendments and their planned rotations aerial photos, including location of sensitive areas and setbacks
• Soil maps, including soil type, slope, drainage class
• Amendment analysis
• Application rate, method, timing, and method of incorporation (when applicable)
• Laboratory soil health tests that include at least soil carbon before application
• Evaluation of carbon input effectiveness for the purpose(s) using the In-field Soil Health Assessment Worksheet to interpret positive trends.
Follow up Actions:
Monitor fields following LGU guidance and State law. Take a follow-up soil test that includes soil organic carbon at least a year after application to determine the effectiveness of the application for improving soil organic carbon.
The EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) accepts applications throughout the year and awards contracts in 4Q for the following Fiscal Year. These contracts reimburse the landowner up to $656.26 per acre where biochar is applied. Each participating state has varying reimbursement rates and requirements for application. We can help facilitate applying for the EQIP program and assist you in turbocharging your crop fields, with little to no money down.
Biochar Now agents will assist in contacting the appropriate local NRCS officials to coordinate the application process, meeting field requirements and the carbon application. Biochar Now will also work with land owners and managers to find the best financing solution for any remaining balance after reimbursement from EQIP, including no money down and payment from the increase in yields. We are 100% confident based on past results that your crop yields will increase substantially, therefore Biochar Now will assume 100% of the risk.
Contact Biochar Now to gain access to our crop enhancing carbon. Other benefits include reduced runoff, nutrient management, enhanced microbiomes, reduced salinity, water filtration and a reduction in farm wide carbon footprint.
Historically underserved (HU) participants are eligible for advance payments to help offset costs related to purchasing materials or contracting through EQIP. HU participants may elect to receive an advance of not less than 50 percent of the EQIP conservation practice payment amount.
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A note on how the NRCS 808 works in practice.
The link above gives a list of the 47 issues the USDA and the NRCS are concerned about alleviating. The more issues the farmers addresses, the higher ranking they will get from the NRCS and increase likelihood of moving towards a contract for collecting money through 808. The USDA/NRCS has little idea about what all the carbon can be used for, so we will be leading the horse on this one. They simply see it as a way to bury carbon in the soil as an amendment. That's fine, but I counted 32 ways to address/solve issues on the list of 47 above. If the groups you are meeting with want to adopt 808, they could make a big impact by pressing the wide variety of solutions across a farm system and not just limit it to being a soil amendment. Many of the people currently being funding only address less than 3 issues, so all the biochar projects should be ranked way above any other claims on NRCS monies across all programs.
My numbers that we can provide a couple of sentences on how we benefit for the farmer are:
1 thru 5, 7 thru 10, 16 thru 29, 33 thru 38, 40 thru 42, and 45.
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