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Booklet Highlights Financial Implications of Conservation Agriculture

Soil Health Nexus released a publication titled The Financial Implications of Conservation Agriculture, with support from North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. This booklet aims to inform farmers’ key partners—in particular, farm business management educators, agricultural lenders, and conservation educators and professionals—about the financial costs and benefits of conservation agriculture practices to assist their work with farmers. The booklet focuses on four of the most common conservation practices: cover crops, reduced tillage, nutrient management, and managed grazing. The research includes national statistics from the USDA Census of Agriculture and the National Cover Crop Surveys. Sources at the regional and state level come from Extension reports, multi-farm case studies, on-farm comparison trials, and state Department of Agriculture reports.