Improving land value

You can get assistance with designing conservation approaches and other regenerative practices on your farm through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), university extension, relevant state conservation agencies, and in some cases private not-for-profit conservation organizations. It helps to develop an overall plan for your farm and implement new practices in a stepwise...

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Why support regenerative agriculture

With so many labels being applied to food these days, including organic, GMO-free, free-range, pasture-based, etc., it can be confusing for consumers to make food choices. Regenerative agriculture has become one of the fastest growing trends to hit the food industry and for good reason. Farmers and consumers alike are coming to value the...

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Working with your producer

If you own farmland and are wondering how to work with your producer on regenerative approaches, start by having a conversation about your mutual goals for the land. Find where you have some commonality and then discuss how you can take some steps forward, maybe starting with just a field or two. You may...

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Designing improvements

You can get assistance with designing conservation approaches and other regenerative practices on your farm through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), university extension, relevant state conservation agencies, and in some cases private not-for-profit conservation organizations. It helps to develop an overall plan for your farm and implement new practices in a stepwise...

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Government programs

There are a wide range of federal programs offered to assist farmers and landowners with financial and/or technical assistance. Most of these are offered through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), particularly through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Check with your local county NRCS office for...

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Integrating crops and livestock

Whether you have your own livestock or can partner with a neighbor who does, you may find it profitable to set up grazing on some of your crop fields. Most often, this involves grazing cover crops in late fall and/or early spring. Some of the “cereal grain” type cover crops such as cereal rye,...

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Making your farm more resilient

If you are like most farmers, one of the ongoing challenges for you is dealing with weather extremes, from droughts to heavy rainfalls where your fields or pastures are sopping wet. There is no single management approach that can stave off drought or hold back flooding, but improved soil health and certain management practices...

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Cover crops pay

A national report on cover crop economics by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program showed that cover crops typically have a net cost for the first couple of years but by the third year of use are breaking even on average. After the third year, well-managed cover crops can generally provide...

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Finding solutions

Just like your clients, you may find this whole area of regenerative agriculture a bit complex because there are so many different ideas about what works. Start by picking a particular practice to develop your expertise in and seek out your own experiences, taking particular advantage of opportunities to hear from farmers having success...

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New business opportunities

Many farm advisors, whether working as independent consultants or for larger companies, are finding new business opportunities related to soil health and regenerative agriculture. Depending on the type of business you have, you might find there are new services you can be providing your clients. Examples of such opportunities include: Providing soil health sampling...

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