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Farmers sell corn, soy, rye ... carbon?

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Dan Gillespie's field after receiving heavy rainfall. The soil held together without erosion due to 13 years of no-till farming. (Photo courtesy of Dan Gillespie)

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Carbon is a new cash crop for traditional farmers, who are realizing that they can make money and be environmentally conscious at the same time. Selling carbon offsets may not yet amount to much money for farmers, but if President Barack Obama implements a cap-and-trade system to control emissions as he recently suggested on Earth Day, the future financial payoff could be larger.