Ranchers in Texas may be interested in this article that originally appeared in Forbes.com. Written by Jeff McMahon, the article talks with Jim Blackburn, an environmental attorney and land planner in Texas, and his proposal to compensate ranchers and land owners to sequester carbon in the soil.
Blackburn’s contention is that if landowners were to receive compensation for sequestering carbon, they would be less likely to sell land to developers, citing Houston over-development as one of the reasons why the area is so flood prone.
This is not a new idea. Researchers have shown the role that agriculture can play in sequestering carbon in the soil. And in Alberta, Canada, government officials have already established a market for sequestering carbon, with their biggest challenge bringing the agricultural community on board.
At Holistic Management International, we have shown that sequestering carbon through regenerative agriculture techniques is possible.
Let us know how you feel about carbon sequestering and whether you think that landowners should be paid to sequester carbon on their land.