Introduction to regenerative agriculture concepts

Besides the information offered on this website, there are many places to get more information on regenerative agriculture. For someone just getting familiar with this topic or some of the most common approaches of regenerative agriculture, certain videos or articles may be helpful. We particularly recommend: Living Soil – A one-hour documentary film on...

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Catalyzing more regenerative agriculture

The food, clothing, and beverage choices made by consumers all have an impact on the future direction of agriculture, in part by shaping demand that guides industry investments. Most of the major food and agriculture companies in the U.S. are putting a greater emphasis on sustainable and regenerative approaches, and some of the clothing...

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Examples of regenerative agriculture

The exact mix of regenerative approaches appropriate to a farm varies depending on what is being produced and the goals of the farmer and landowner. Soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices make sense. For farmers growing commodity crops or annual fruits and vegetables, some common regenerative approaches can include: Cover...

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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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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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Private sector support

An increasing number of food and agriculture companies are now providing payments to farmers to implement selected regenerative practices such as cover crops, no-till or new grazing systems. Generally, these programs are targeted to specific geographic areas, such as a single state or region. Some of the companies that have recently offered financial programs...

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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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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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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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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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