Farm-Friendly Protocol

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 06 0711 Farm Friendly

Alberta Government Approves another Farm Friendly Protocol –Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP)

Projects that are implemented according to this protocol generate carbon offsets by switching to an integrated set of Beneficial Nitrogen (N) Management Practices (BMPs) for annual and perennial cropping. These BMPs manage applied nitrogen sources in a more comprehensive and sophisticated way to reduce nitrous oxide emissions associated with nitrogen fertilizer application. These BMPs are integrated into a new technology called a Consistent 4R (Right Source @ the Right Rate, the Right Time and the Right Place) Nitrogen Stewardship Plan.

Implementing a comprehensive 4R Consistent Nitrogen Stewardship Plan results in applied nitrogen (N) being used more effectively to grow agricultural crops.

Further, implementing the 4Rs together, across landscapes, generates real reductions of nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural cropping systems. Implementing the entire, comprehensive 4R Consistent Nitrogen Stewardship Plan at the appropriate performance levels as dictated by this protocol, generates Offset Credits. Projects that implement only individual elements of the new technology are not eligible to generate emission reductions using this protocol.

This quantification protocol is written for agricultural professionals, which may include farmers, project developers and/or aggregator representatives. Agricultural professionals will be assisting farmers in implementing the 4R Consistent Nitrogen Stewardship Plan. These professionals must be trained and accredited to apply this protocol.

Agri-Trend already has several Agri-Coaches who have attended the intensive training required to achieve the Accredited Professional Advisor (APA) designation required to coach and sign off on a producers application for carbon offsets. In conjunction with our internal professionals, our database has been engineered to accept the required datasets to allow our clients to generate these valuable offsets.

NERP has more detailed historical data requirements in order to establish baselines than previous protocols. However, we feel strongly that leading producers who tend to maintain accurate records will have very few issues with the successful participation in this new revenue stream.

More information will become available as we move forward but there are several important things to remember:

  • This opportunity is in effect NOW in Alberta 
  • Saskatchewan Environment has indicated that it intends to approve this along with the Tillage Management protocol in the near future.
  • Only well organized producers need apply.
  • Only accredited agricultural professionals can “sign off” with producers on this opportunity.
  • This will be a “go-forward” protocol with no retroactive opportunity. 
  • This is voluntary and has been approved by our senior Agri- Coaches as being agronomically valid and justifiable.

ATAI would not be doing its job as a source of accurate information if we did not, once again, remind producers that Alberta Environment has indicated that any retroactive opportunity with Tillage disappears on January 1, 2012. Please contact us as soon as possible to make sure you take advantage of the opportunity before it is gone.

Please contact us today and allow us to help you capture this value at:

Bill Dorgan, President
Agri-Trend Aggregation Inc.
4620 Manilla Rd. SE
Calgary, AB T2G 4B7
p. 403.255.5548
c. 403.608.0992

About the Author
Bill Dorgan

Dorgan is President of Agri-Trend Aggregation Inc. He has held a number of key positions in the agricultural industry, most recently as Vice President of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. Advisory Services, with extensive senior management experience in sales, marketing, business development and finance in the agricultural sector.

He has also been Vice President of Canada’s largest agricultural co-operative, overseeing the largest agricultural retail supply networks in Canada, with P & L responsibility for sales in excess of $400 Million. 

Dorgan can be reached at 


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