Economics

SOIL HEALTH & ECONOMICS

The 2017 Census of Agriculture​

The 2017 Census of Agriculture is the 29th Federal census of agriculture and the fifth conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health

Soil health is a pressing global issue that sits at the heart of three UN conventions (UNCBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC). There is an urgent need to mobilize nature-based solutions to address the challenges of climate change. Global soils contain two to three times more carbon than the atmosphere – however, by working with nature and improving soil health, increased carbon sequestration can help to reduce emissions and withstand some of the unavoidable effects of climate change.

SOURCE: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Soil Wealth

As the investment community in the United States, particularly within the fields of sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing, shows an increasing appetite for investing in sustainable agriculture and food systems across asset classes, a subset of investors is demonstrating growing interest in financing not simply “sustainable” agriculture but agriculture that is deemed explicitly “regenerative.”

SOURCE: The Croatan Institute

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Data Landscape Mapping for Agricultural Supply Chains​

The first-ever report mapping agriculture technology platforms and sustainability metrics from farm to retail. The report identifies key technologies and platforms currently in place to collect and manage farm data. This report also documents metrics alignment opportunities that will help increase the flow of sustainability data in the agricultural sector.

SOURCE: The Sustainability Consortium

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Agricultural Conservation on Working Lands: Trends from 2004 to Present

A study to understand the trends in adoption of conservation practices over time in order to improvethe effectiveness of USDA and other organizations supporting agricultural conservation.

SOURCE: USDA

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Soil Health and Economic Risk

Farmers contend not only with uncertainty due to seasonal changes in growing conditions affecting crop yield, but from changes over time in both input costs and prices received. Accordingly, reducing the probability of an undesirably low revenue, or risk can be challenging because so many factors contribute to farm profitability.

SOURCE: Soil Health Institute

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Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply

Changing trends in both the production and consumption of land-based products are increasing pressure on land resources across the globe. This report, issued in 2014, discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production.

SOURCE: United Nations Environment Programme

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ACIAR’s 10 Year Strategy 2018-2027

This review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region includes three soil-health-related areas: food security, managing natural resources in the face of climate change, and enhancing human nutrition.

SOURCE: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

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The Economics of Soil Health: Current Knowledge, Open Questions, and Policy Implications

This report, published in 2015, summarizes existing knowledge about the economics of soil health, suggests a methodology for studying the economics of soil health, identifies areas with a need for further research, and discusses current and potential policies that address the economics of soil health.

SOURCE: Berkley Food Institute, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California – Berkeley

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The Economics of Climate Change Adaption

The objectives of this project, funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, include building the knowledge base on the economics of adaptation to climate change and to convert this into practical information for decision makers in order to help support adaptation planning.

SOURCE: ECONADAPT

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The Costs and Benefits of Adaptation

This document draft (July 2015) summary synthesizes the perceived costs and benefits of adaptation. It draws on the research, analysis and review of the ECONADAPT project, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

SOURCE: ECONADAPT

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Tillage and Crop Rotation Effects on Corn Agronomic Response and Economic Return at Seven Iowa Locations

This study was conducted at seven locations in Iowa from 2003 to 2013. Objectives: investigate seasonal variability in corn yield as affected by tillage and crop rotation, identify appropriate tillage for each crop rotation and location, and evaluate the impact of crop rotation on corn yield.

SOURCE: Agronomy Journal, Iowa State University Extension

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Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative

This website is intended to assist landowners and farmers who wish to develop farm lease arrangements that are profitable and sustainable for the landowner, the farmer, the community, and the land.

SOURCE: Drake University Agricultural Law Center

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The Landowner’s Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing

This guide is written to assist landowners in understanding their role as a landlord and a steward of the land, encourage open communication between landowner and tenant, and ultimately aid in the development of a lease agreement.

SOURCE: Drake University Agricultural Law Center

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ECONADAPT Toolbox Guide

Designed for economists and decision makers, this document contains relevant links and explains the structure of the web-based version of the ECONADAPT Toolbox. ECONADAPT, funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, was designed to provide practical information for decision makers in order to help support climate change adaptation planning.

SOURCE: ECONADAPT

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