For Farmers

There are some key advantages of being part of EFG for farmers looking to take advantage of natural capital markets:

  • Selling power – By working together, farmers are able to use their scale to achieve a fair financial return in natural capital markets.
  • Trusted information – With some of the leading knowledge on natural capital markets and farming with the environment, EFG acts as a pool of information and knowledge sharing for farmers.
  • Access to opportunities – By being part of EFG, farmers are able to access opportunities that, acting alone, they otherwise might not have been able to.
  • Farmer autonomy – All decision making remains with the farmer, delivering environmental projects and trading only if it is appropriate for your circumstance.
  • Co-operative – EFG acts as a co-operative and therefore acts in the interest of Members.

How does it work?

  1. Express an interest in joining EFG here.
  2. Become a Member (if in an existing EFG area) or speak to the team about EFG’s current activity in your area.
  3. Learn about natural capital through EFG events and knowledge sharing.
  4. Access trading opportunities that are suitable for you.
  5. Earn income from trading or through EFG’s equalisation mechanism from other trading in your area.
  6. Deliver environmental projects as part of something bigger.

What opportunities are out there?

  • Existing regulated natural capital markets – Existing natural capital markets, such as Nutrient Neutrality or Biodiversity Net Gain markets, offer some farmers suitable opportunities to deliver ecosystem services and provide nitrate credits, phosphate credits or Biodiversity Units to market.
  • Voluntary and future compliance markets – New and emerging markets such as carbon credits, biodiversity credits and nature credits provide new ways for farmers to derive income for delivering ecosystem services over their land.
  • Bespoke environmental projects – By delivering environmental projects with specific objectives (alone or with other farmers), there might be opportunities to provide ecosystem services, such as for flood risk management or species protection.