UNDERSTANDING THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS
OF REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
Regenerative agriculture approaches can provide a host of benefits, including revitalizing degraded land, increasing productivity or reducing risk in the case of extreme weather. But what does the research say about how regenerative agriculture financially benefits farms and ranches?
A SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS
Explore each section below to learn more.
Reduced tillage lowers production costs
Reduced tillage involves reducing the intensity and/or number of tillage passes across the field. This sometimes involves investments in new tillage equipment that can later be paid off by the annual cost savings associated with the practice.
Multi-farm studies have found that conservation tillage can have lower operating costs and higher net returns per acre compared to conventional tillage.
Iowa soybean farmers saved $10-$88 per acre in equipment, fuel and labor when using strip-till (Iowa Soybean Association, 2019)
Midwest corn and soybean farmers saved $14 in fuel, $6 in repairs and $30 in equipment per acre when using conservation tillage (Soil Health Partnership, 2020)
The most profitable tillage system for Illinois corn was ≤2 light tillage passes averaging a net return of $274/acre (Precision Conservation Management, 2020)
As part of a collaborative project between IAC, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and a group of Native producers, we are working to measure the soil health, livestock health, and financial impacts of regenerative agriculture specifically on Native farms and ranches in the Great Plains regions.