Yard Stick is a Public Benefit Corporation kind-of based in Cambridge, MA.

Our mission is climate impact via soil carbon measurement technologies.

Soil carbon sequestration efforts to date have been significantly hampered by the complexity and cost of measuring soil organic carbon (SOC) authoritatively and affordably. Yard Stick’s mission is to fix that problem.

By reducing the cost of high-quality SOC measurement by 90%+, we can dramatically expand the opportunities for evidence-based climate-positive agriculture and ranching practices to simultaneously improve ecosystem health, increase farmer/rancher livelihoods, and combat climate change.

Yard Stick is proud to attract world-class funders, scientific advisors, and team members.

In 2020 we were awarded a generous R&D grant from the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Smartfarm program, and our outside financing also includes some of the most prestigious climatetech investors in the world.

Smartfarm RESEARCH PARTNERS and scientific advisors

Dr. Cristine Morgan
Chief Scientific Officer, Soil Health Institute
Fellow, Soil Science Society of America
Editor-in-Chief, Geoderma
Adjunct Professor of Soil Science, Texas A&M University

Dr. Yufeng Ge
Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Faculty Fellow, Water for Food Global Institute
Dr. Alex McBratney
Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Sciences, University of Sydney
Editor-In-Chief, Soil Security
Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture
Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

Yard Stick executive leadership

Kevin Meissner
Co-Founder & Chief Engineer
Chris Tolles
Co-Founder & CEO

Would you like early access to Yard Stick technologies?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. Apply now to be considered for our Pilot Partner program.
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