U.K. oil giant partners with U.S. startup to study nitrogen use on farms

A major name in the petroleum business is teaming up with a startup here in the United States to measure the impacts of nitrous oxide emissions.

Shell and a company called Sound Agriculture are joining forces to study how to reduce the use of nitrogen on farms. The end goal would be creating the carbon credit potential of reducing nitrogen.

Sound Ag will offer help with studying soil and crop productivity. Shell will help to fund the work.

The two companies say that many farms have been over-applying synthetic fertilizers in recent years, creating a need for the research.

A new survey finds consumers, including farmers, lack understanding of carbon markets. The independent survey was conducted by Agoro Carbon Alliance.

One agronomist says that the big takeaway is the potential need of a carbon neutral label and educating farmers about the benefits of enrolling in the markets.


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