Topic: Agriculture

Agriculture Articles

Is this the way to crop reform?

(Photo courtesy of .) Farmers can deliver steeper returns to themselves, their ecosystem, and their economy when their insurance system makes more sense. 

The Case for Crop Insurance Reform

Across the political spectrum, most Americans have favorable opinions of farmers and are happy with the idea that the federal government provides financial assistance to help pay for crop insurance. If they knew crop insurance's full cost, that might change. This system, while well-intentioned, leaves out the majority of farmers and encourages the degradation of precious soil and water reserves by rewarding consolidated monoculture crop production. The crop insurance system keeps large-scale commodity farmers reliant on government payments rather than helping them build more innovative and resilient business models that could generate positive regenerative impacts, improve farm resilience to extreme...
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New Oat, Wheat Markets Debut in Iowa

The new program will offer farmers wheat and oat contracts to deliver grain to Smithfield’s Allerton and Davis City elevators in south-central Iowa, along with a cost-share rate of $25 per acre through Practical Farmers of Iowa to establish a cover crop after oat or wheat harvest.
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USDA Invites Input on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect on publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.
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Mirova: A Natural Approach to Investment

Mirova's Natural Capital Platform is looking to generate attractive returns and positive impact from investments in sustainable agriculture, fisheries and conservation. CEO Philippe Zaouati spoke to Environmental Finance.
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Capitalizing on Climate Change

In August, an estimated 4.6 million acres of the Amazon rainforest burned in a government-condoned campaign to clear land for crops and cattle. What most of the world saw as a hopeless and horrifying political problem, though, Bjorn Otto saw as a math problem. And math problems can be solved.
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Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT Raises $6 Million for Soil Restoration Funding

The notes drew a wide range of accredited investors including individuals, non-profits, family offices and ImpactAssets’ Donor Advised Fund to help convert conventional farmland to organic. In addition to the soil restoration notes, the REIT in September launched a direct public offering that could raise up to $50 million from the general public for farmland conversion.
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Soil Enrichment Project Protocol

The Climate Action Reserve is developing a Soil Enrichment Project Protocol that will provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report and verify agricultural practices that enhance carbon storage in soils. The primary greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit targeted will be the accrual of additional carbon in agricultural soils, with hopes to incentivize GHG emission reductions from other sources, such as N2O from fertilizer use.