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Centre for High Carbon Capture Cropping

Multi-partner project working towards Carbon Net Zero farming through diversifying cropping options

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Capturing carbon

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving resilience to extreme weather, are global challenges for farming and land management. Input-efficient crops that can increase carbon capture will help farming and associated industries address climate change, but there must be confidence in achieving profitable and sustainable outcomes.

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Image source: Elsoms Seeds

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Image source: Elsoms Seeds

Working towards Net Zero

The Centre for High Carbon Capture Cropping (CHCx3) is a four-year, multi-partner project, led by NIAB. The research aims to help UK farmers and growers target Net Zero and build farming resilience through diversifying their arable and forage cropping. It will enable new revenue sources through a carbon marketplace and support enhanced value chains for industries such as textiles and construction.

Diversifying cropping options

The project is focusing on four cropping options: cover crops; annual fibre crops (industrial hemp, flax); perennial food, feed, and forage cropping (including cereals and herbal leys); and perennial biomass crops (miscanthus, willow/poplar). Field trials and demonstrations will examine the effect of cultivation systems and agronomy on economic returns and environmental outcomes, with practical outputs including crop guides, web tools and apps. 

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Explore the map to find our trial sites

Evaluate food, forage, and industrial cropping options with potential to enhance carbon capture, and sequestration in the soil and crop-based products

Project objectives

See what events are coming up and the latest news in the CHCx3 project

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