No-till corn underseeded with hairy vetch.

Project to Pay Regenerative Farmers for Environmental Outcomes

The Cornell Chronicle reported on a new project that will pay farmers an incentive to use regenerative agricultural practices for environmental outcomes. The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund involves an initial investment from the Great Lakes Protection Fund to pay farmers from the New York State Corn and Soybean Growers Association to use regenerative agriculture in a pilot project. Cornell University scientists will be involved in designing and building a technology platform to verify implementation and measure outcomes in terms of biodiversity, habitat protection, water quality, soil health, and carbon sequestration. This project builds on an earlier grant awarded to Cornell by the Great Lakes Protection Fund to assess and create new tools to finance regenerative agriculture in the Great Lakes watershed.