Soil Health Bottom Line in California - American Farmland Trust

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Soil Health Bottom Line in California


AFT held webinars to train agricultural service providers and farm consultants on how its soil health cases and profiles were created, so they can scale up climate-smart agriculture across California with new profiles.

Soil health is the foundation of sustained agricultural production, which is critically important in California where more than 75,000 farms and millions of consumers depend on our soil’s continued ability to grow food. Living, functioning soils offer substantial benefits to farmers – they are more resilient to weather extremes, increase water and nutrient storage, and can increase profitability through lower input costs and higher yields. Healthy soils also protect water quality, reduce runoff, and sequester carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Many farmers are reluctant to change practices and use soil health practices, however, without knowing what the impacts may be. The Soil Health Bottom Line program addresses these needs by quantifying the benefits to farmers, showing that these practices benefit not only the environment, but their bottom line.

The Soil Health Bottom Line program develops case studies and grower profiles that showcase the benefits of using soil health practices, using cost-benefit analysis tools. Furthermore, we train farmers and agricultural professionals how to perform this analysis themselves so they can know more about the impacts on their farm and make informed decisions on their farming practices.

Soil Health Case Studies

Case studies from AFT's Quantifying Economic and Environmental Outcomes of Soil Health Management Systems project. This on-the-ground project makes the case for the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices among farmers in several agricultural regions by demonstrating the economic benefits realized from successful implementation of soil health management practices.

Farmer Profiles

This Farmer Profile program supports research and on-the-ground programs that assist in the protection of California’s diverse farms and ranches. These soil health farmer profiles highlight regenerative agricultural practices that improve the environment and the grower’s economic bottom line.

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