Delivering maximum benefits back to your farm business
SecondCrop by Loam
Loam has designed farmer-focused carbon projects that support farmers to build stable soil carbon in cropping and mixed farming systems.
A new commodity
SecondCrop is a farmer-focused soil carbon project offering that delivers maximum benefit to your farm. The offering has been designed to be transparent, enable optionality and de-risk carbon farming.
Loam is partnering with farmers to provide the strategies and technologies to consistently build soil carbon in their cropping systems. SecondCrop soil carbon projects are designed for farmers who want to increase their soil productivity, participate in sustainable supply-chains, and carbon markets.
The options to let you get started
Soil carbon projects for mixed and cropping systems
SecondCrop by Loam are the soil carbon project options that offer a high return solution for mixed and cropping systems. Combining the ground-breaking CarbonBuilder product to build stable soil carbon, with agronomic support, and farmer friendly agreement terms – SecondCrop gives you the confidence to get started.
Carbon building technology. No setup costs. Cooling off periods.
Working in partnership with farmers
CarbonBuilder to build soil carbon stably
Loam's microbial technology, CarbonBuilder, enables growers to build soil carbon consistently in their cropping soils.
Integrating into your mixed or cropping system
SecondCrop soil carbon projects integrate into your existing system, supported by a team of carbon experts, agronomists, and a global innovation program.
Working together to minimise risk
SecondCrop carbon project options are designed as a true partnership between growers and Loam. No upfront costs. Cooling off periods.
Developed for farmers, by farmers.
Technology to build stable soil carbon
The farmer-first offering to maintain optionality
End-to-end project management and support
Stack your productivity and environmental benefits
Frequently asked questions
What else would you like to know?
In SecondCrop there are no costs for farmers to baseline and register a soil carbon project.
In SecondCrop’s Premium option, Loam covers the cost of feasibility assessment, registration of your project with the Clean Energy Regulator, your custom Land Management Strategy (LMS), baseline soil coring and lab analysis, and ongoing soil coring and lab analysis, project audits, as well as ongoing individual carbon agronomy support.
The only out-of-pocket cost for farmers under the Premium offering is the CarbonBuilder inoculum.
In SecondCrop’s Pro option, Loam covers the cost of feasibility assessment, registration with the Clean Energy Regulator, your custom Land Management Strategy (LMS), the first baseline soil measurement and lab analysis as well as ongoing carbon agronomy.
The out-of-pocket costs for farmers in the Pro Option of SecondCrop is the purchase of CarbonBuilder, subsequent soil sampling and analysis after baselining and project audits.
Direct measurement (physical soil sampling) and laboratory analysis are widely accepted as the most accurate method of measuring changes in soil carbon. Under SecondCrop, we use direct measurement, taking 1m soil cores and analysing soil carbon levels at the 0 – 30cm, and 30cm – 1m depths.
Soil sampling is one of the largest costs in a project, however Loam covers all or some of this cost depending on which SecondCrop project option you choose. The first soil sampling in a SecondCrop project typically happens in year 2-3. Exact timing will differ between projects based on environmental factors, land mangement practices and farmer preference.
It’s entirely up to you.
SecondCrop projects that build soil carbon and demonstrate net greenhouse gas emissions abatement will be awarded Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).
You can choose whether you would like to monetise these ACCUs by selling them. Alternatively, you may wish to retire them to offset your on-farm emissions or to save the credits indefinitely. You may opt for a combination of all of the above.
It is important that farmers are able to have the options to do what works best for their businesses, which is why SecondCrop is designed to enable full optionality.
If you sell your farm or there are changes in land ownership, Loam is able to work with the current and future landholder to review the SecondCrop project, and obtain Legal Right and Eligible Interest Holder consents to continue the project with the new owner/s.
SecondCrop projects are 25 years in duration from when the first credits are issued, as per the requirements of the Australian Clean Energy Regulator.
Farmers can choose to exit a SecondCrop project with no penalty or exit cost before the first measurement event (typically in year 2-3), including if they decide to sell the farm.