Estimating Outcomes from Farm Conservation Practices Detailed in New Guide
American Farmland Trust has released A Guide to Water Quality, Climate, Social, and Economic Outcomes Estimation Tools: Quantifying Outcomes to Accelerate Farm Conservation Practice Adoption. The free, 100-page publication features tools and methods for use by managers of projects funded by USDA, EPA, states, and the private sector who are supporting conservation practice adoption. The guide features 14 tools and two methods that provide quantitative estimates of the impacts that conservation practices can have on water quality, climate, social, or economic outcomes. The featured tools were chosen based upon their availability, applicability, and usability by conservation project managers. “Effectively, practice- and project-scale outcomes quantification by local project managers can become another ‘tool’ in the ‘conservation toolbox’ alongside educational, financial, and technical assistance efforts to accelerate practice adoption,” explains Emily Cole, American Farmland Trust’s climate and agriculture program manager.