Economic Benefits of Soil Health Practices

Cover Crop Economics - Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line…
Source: USDA & Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

A brand new report that provides practical strategies demonstrating how the investment in cover crops (and other conservation practices) can work as hard for the bottom line as they do for the soil.

Quantifying Economic and Environmental Benefits of Soil Health
Source: American Farmland Trust

New American Farmland Trust-NRCS case studies show soil health practices increase farm profitability - with tens of thousands of dollars in improvements to the bottom line.

Soil Health Research
Source: National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) & Datu

This well-regarded study shows that corn and soybean farmers who use cover crops and/or no-till can improve their bottom lines by over $100 per acre.

Economics of Soil Health
Source: Indiana-Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative

Dive into the case studies of eight successful Indiana farmers who enjoyed the financial returns of soil health practices such as no-till and cover crops.

Valuing the Ecosystem Service Benefits from Regenerative Agriculture Practices
Source: Farmland LP

Through the investment of two funds, this report shows the profound impact of soil health management practices, yielding a 67% net financial gain on the fund, as well as a net-positive increase to the land's valuable ecosystem services.

Why Soil Health?
Source: Land Core

Explore these facts and figures demonstrating that soil health is a key economic driver.

Soil and its Sustainability
Source: Nature

Explore the latest articles and peer-reviewed soil science, including new frontiers in microbiology, yield, risk-mitigation and nutrition.

The Case for Risk Mitigation

Turning Soils Into Sponges - How Farmers Can Fight Floods and Droughts
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists

With taxpayers footing the bill for approximately $10 billion a year in crop insurance alone due to flood and drought, the case for “continuous living cover” and other practices that build soil is clear.

Soil Health Practices for Mitigating Natural Disasters
Source: USDA

Increasing the amount of rainwater that infiltrates into the ground across the landscape ultimately decreases soil erosion and the potential for flooding (on farmland and in nearby towns and cities) by giving rain a place to go.

Farmers Employ Strategies To Reduce Risk of Drought Damages
Source: USDA-Economic Research Service (ERS)

A mix of management practices that increase soil organic matter while reducing soil-moisture loss help farms adapt to drought risk.

Restoring Soil Quality to Mitigate Soil Degradation
Source: Sustainability journal, Rattan Lal

Improving soil quality (i.e., increasing SOC pool, improving soil structure, enhancing soil fertility) can reduce risks and provide a number of economic and ecosystem benefits.

Soil Health Measurement & Assessment

Metrics to Make it Work
Prepared by Jessica Chiartas, P.h.D candidate, UC Davis, and presented by Jessica Chiartas and Aria McLauchlan at Soil Health Institute’s Annual Meeting 2019; first presented by Ms Chiartas at CalCAN’s Annual Summit 2019.

A landscape analysis of major soil health assessment initiatives which identifies some of the overlapping and commonly used soil health indicators.
Which are most useful for farmers? For policymakers? For investors and bankers?