The carbon sequestration program is sponsored by Nebraska Farmers Union and the Chicago Climate Exchange.
A big reason for the growth of the program, Hansen said, was that this year it was opened to all 93 Nebraska counties. In 2005, only 51 counties were accepted into the program.
Also, Hansen said, the rate farmers were paid for program participation and the addition of pasture and range land into the program were big factors for the increase.
Hansen said 105,500 acres of cropland was enrolled this year, along with 185,581 acres of range and pasture that's pending. Also, there's a carryover of more than 58,000 acres from the previous year....MORE