Value of Soil Health
Increased dialogue regarding soil health creates the opportunity
and need for translating the value of soil health to the farmer and landowner. There are
opportunities for both landowners and tenants to manage for and create value from
improving soil health.
Clear Value Proposition for Farmers and Landowners
There is a need for tools to help
build awareness of the productivity capacity that is lost through soil loss with improved
user interfaces/output interfaces to better communicate soil loss calculations.
Commodity Price Influence
Commodity prices and input costs have a significant impact
on farmer and landowner decisions regarding conservation practices.
Perceived Poor Return on Investment
Taking land out of production and investing in
conservation drainage adds cost to the farmer and landowner and does not provide a clear return on investment for environmental services provided downstream. The long-
term benefits of cover crops are not always apparent in the short term and from year-
Cost Share Complexity
Public-sector programs, paperwork, ranking processes,
permitting and timelines are complex and challenging for farmers or landowners.
There are opportunities and challenges for ag retailers to provide services
(e.g., best practices, field services, access to equipment, recommendations) to farmers,
land owners and financial institutions specific to conservation.