Carbon Farming Study Included in NY Budget

A new budget provision in New York will provide $50,000 to study incentives for climate-smart farming practices, including tax credits, grants, and other programs. Assemblywoman Didi Barrett originally introduced the proposal as a standalone Carbon Farming Act (A3281) but was able to incorporate it into the state budget where she can help implement the study alongside the Department of Environmental Conservation. The bill is the first of its kind in the country to use a tax credit model to encourage these practices.

“Carbon farming” is a collective term for practices that store carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive agricultural practices have released significant amounts of carbon dioxide, but climate-smart farming practices can improve soil health and crop yields while simultaneously helping achieve state climate goals.

Additional Resources:

  • A press release from Assemblywoman Barrett about the provision is available here.
  • The original bill, A3281, can be viewed here.
  • A similar initiative is underway in California, with more information here.