Non-Operating Landowners and Conservation on Rented Farmland
This report represents the findings of over 12 months of research on non-operating landowners, or NOLs, and the opportunities and barriers to improve conservation outcomes on rented farmland.
SOURCE: The Nature Conservancy
Cover Crops Lease Insertion
Use this sample Cover Crop Lease Insertion to work with your farm operator and/or farm manager to incorporate cover crops into your lease.
SOURCE: The Nature Conservancy
Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes
“Soil Wealth” is what we call the constellation of benefits associated with building both soil health and community wealth through regenerative agriculture. 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: Croatan Institute
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.