With well over half of the earth’s lands managed by a farmer, rancher or forester, our ability to thrive on a changing planet will depend on creating incentives, policies and social norms to build agricultural resilience.
Our agriculture initiatives
Why: The economic and environmental challenges facing farmers and the agricultural system are closely connected. The farm economy is anticipating sharp declines in the years ahead, due in part to increasingly extreme and variable weather.
How: Increase investments in conservation practices like cover crops and no-till that have proven time and again to deliver a clear ROI — reducing risk and environmental impacts all while increasing yield and building climate resilience. Innovative loans, crop insurance programs, tax incentives and other financial incentives can help make these practices the norm.
Why: Fertilizer is the engine of agriculture, but inefficient use contributes to air and water pollution. Nitrogen pollution is a $157 billion problem that exacerbates climate change and creates dead zones that choke out aquatic life and cause respiratory distress for people.
How: Make the invisible loss of nitrogen pollution visible by equipping farmers with better data, analytics tools and environmental models. With a user-friendly, scientifically robust way to assess environmental results, farmers can deliver quantifiable improvements for climate resilience, air quality, water quality and their bottom line.
Why: In fast-changing rural America, existing tools for protecting wildlife can’t keep up. Iconic species like the monarch butterfly and rusty patched bumble bee are now at risk of extinction — a major threat to U.S. agriculture as native insects pollinate $3 billion worth of U.S. crops every year.
How: Create a rippling “monarch effect” to deliver multiple ecosystem benefits by integrating habitat conservation into other conservation practices. For example, pollinator habitat can be paired with wetlands and buffers, allowing producers to simultaneously increase soil health, water quality and biodiversity. All of this can help boost the land’s long-term health and resilience.
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