Conservation for Profitability

Cover cropping, buffers, soil building, and other conservation practices can enhance nutrients, increase moisture, slow erosion, improve soil, control pests, and otherwise improve farm ecology. These “regenerative” practices are not only the cornerstone of organic farming, but also essential strategies for resilience amid a changing climate and extreme weather events. Researchers have also begun to quantify their economic impact on the farm: increased yields, lower nutrient input requirements, reduced time and fuel costs, even season extension and additional crops to sell.