How regenerative agriculture
is good for your business, and the planet.
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is a practice in which you focus your farming methods on enriching the soil. The principles of regenerative agriculture include following:
- Minimal mechanical disturbance
- Integration of animals into the field
- Perennial life on the field
- Cover crops to shield the soil
This may mean things like, no tilling, or having plants that are living on the field 365 days a year. All of this may sound very strange. For instance, no tilling? Can you imagine? But that’s exactly what Gabe Brown of Brown’s Ranch is doing. His highly successful 5000 acre no-till farm generates 20 to 25% more yield than the national average.
Thus, there is solid evidence that regenerative agriculture works, and it is good for everyone, including your bottom line. Farmers who have turned to regenerative farming have seen their fields become healthier, as well as more productive and lucrative.
Regenerative agriculture can be lucrative
When you let nature do the work for you, you benefit along with it. A farm run on regenerative agriculture can make far more profits per acre. In fact, by adopting regenerative agriculture, American farmers could increase their profits by $100 billion annually. Yes, that’s billion with a big capital B.
Why is this? Because regenerative agriculture can give rise to higher quality crops and better yields on average over a longer period of time. Regenerative agriculture means you pack your soil with nutrients and water, which in turn maintain the health of the land, and keep your crops strong. More organic matter year around can lead to increased soil health. This can in turn lead to less fertilizer use. Also, less disturbed soil is more likely to hold more water in. That can lead to less need for irrigation. One study shows that corn grown in such a way yields 28% to 34% more than conventional agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture can be good for the environment
As you might have guessed, regenerative agriculture can be incredibly beneficial for the environment. For decades and decades, we as the human species have been abusing the land, and regenerative agriculture is a way for us to heal it.
Here’s a fun fact. For every 1% increase in organic matter, an acre of soil will draw 10 more tons of carbon from the atmosphere, and then it will turn that carbon into nutrients. It is good for the soil, it is good for the planet, and that means it is good for all of us. In fact, a study from the Rodale Institute shows that global adoption of regenerative agriculture can potentially cancel out annual carbon dioxide emission levels globally.
Of course, before you embark on the journey for regenerative agriculture, you will have to take your time. This is not an easy transition to make. There is a lot to study, and things will take time to develop. But for the sake of our planet, as well as the long term success of the farm, regenerative agriculture may be the way forward.