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A new report, Farm Finance and Conservation: How stewardship generates value for farmers, lenders, insurers and landowners, says that conservation can deliver measurable economic value to farmers and their financial partners. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge released the report, based on the experience of three corn, soy, and wheat farmers The report found that farmers who adopted no-till, cover crops, nutrient optimization, and crop rotation experienced a cascade of cost savings, including lower fertilizer, labor, fuel, and equipment costs. It also concluded that creating incentives for conservation is in the financial interest of businesses and individuals with ties to farmers. The report cautions that finding the right mix of practices and management adjustments can take time and effort, but says that the benefits for doing so can be substantial.



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