Topic: Agriculture

Agriculture Articles

Delaware farm

Farm in Georgetown, Delaware / Michele Dorsey Walfred / CC BY-SA 2.0

Revolving Water Fund Pilots PFS Approach for Water Quality Improvements

The traditional water fund model, which has been used around the world, pools philanthropic and donor capital to support upstream restorations. The Revolving Water Fund innovates on this model by also aiming to quantify the pollution reductions from these restoration activities, then packaging and selling the reductions to municipalities in the watershed seeking to cost-effectively comply with water quality standards enforced under the Clean Water Act.
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Agriculture Funds Are Investing Billions to Regenerate Soil – and Communities

“Investors speak the language of risk,” says Delta Institute’s David LeZaks, a lead author of the report. “When you start to manage systems for increasing soil health and having bigger stocks of carbon in the soil, those systems are inherently less risky and more resilient to extreme weather and climate change.”
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How Allbirds, Organic Valley and Everlane Support Regenerative Agriculture

As we know, farming is a business of extremely lean margins, which means it can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to come up with the funds necessary to transition [to regenerative agriculture]. As a result, innovative new offerings are popping up, creating a business model to provide ranchers and farmers with additional incentives to switch.
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World’s First Green Bonds Scheme to Finance Responsible Soy Production in Brazil Launched

The Responsible Commodities Facility, unveiled at the London Stock Exchange, plans to provide low-interest credit lines to Brazilian soy and corn farmers who commit to using degraded pasture and avoid clearing forests and native grassland for agriculture. For farmers, the initiative will offer an important complement to official credit lines.
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A New Guide for Farmers to Boost Profits through Conservation

It is more important than ever to provide farmers with practical guidance on how to minimize the costs and risks of conservation adoption. Fortunately, a new technical bulletin from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture does just that.

Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes

As the investment community in the United States, particularly within the fields of sustainable, responsible, and impact 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.”
Soy farm in Brazil

Soy farm in Brazil / Michael Swan / CC BY-ND 2.0

How Guaranteed Offtake Can Drive Sustainable Agriculture

As food companies look to lower supply chain risk and reduce their ecological footprint, new strategies are emerging to increase adoption of sustainability practices among farmers. Several companies have begun using long-term contracts — purchase agreements guaranteeing offtake beyond an annual time horizon — to stabilize costs and allow both grower and buyer to plan further into the future.
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Indigo Offers Incentive for Farmers to Capture Carbon

In just one week, farmers have pledged more than 700,000 acres to Indigo Ag’s new carbon sequestration initiative. The program, which launched on June 12, will pay farmers to use regenerative farming practices and remove carbon from the atmosphere.