The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI)

advances the carbon cycle as the fundamental organizing process underlying land management and on-farm conservation in our efforts to mitigate and adapt to the global climate crisis.



Addressing the climate emergency will require not only dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions but also the large-scale removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Agricultural and natural lands are our most valuable tools in massively scaling up rates of CO2 sequestration across the globe while also building climate resilience and ecological health.


A multitude of agricultural practices present the opportunity to significantly increase the amount of carbon stored in long-term carbon pools including soil organic matter and plant biomass, while supporting food production, rural economies, and ecological health. Learn more about CCI’s carbon farming programs:

Engaging Agriculture

CCI provides education, training, and mentoring to conservation partners, producer groups, and individual farmers and ranchers. Our carbon farming framework builds on and supports existing conservation programs provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, local Resource Conservation Districts, and extension services. CCI is committed to ensuring agricultural producers have access to technical assistance and funding support. Learn more about CCI’s support programs


Scaling agricultural climate solutions relies on strong policy support at regional, state, and national levels. Learn more about CCI’s policy programs

Our Impact

Completed Carbon Farm Plans

Acres Impacted

Metric Tons of CO2e Sequestered in 20 years when plans are fully implemented



Carbon Cycle

Engaging Agriculture as a Climate Change Solution