Midwest Perennial Bioenergy Crop Diversification Project
In a collaboration between American Farmland Trust and Argonne National Laboratory, this project aims to help farmers transition marginal or unproductive areas of their land to grow perennial bioenergy crops. This effort seeks to repurpose marginal lands using perennial crops to provide additional economic opportunities while boosting farm resiliency.
The Illinois Cover Crop Initiative is a new program available for farmers who intend to plant cover crops following their 2022 cash crop. Farmers can receive $10 per acre for cover crops planted by December 1, 2022, even if they have planted cover crops before!
Cover crops are a tremendously important practice for improving soil health and reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to waterways. Illinois has taken an important step toward meeting its nutrient loss reduction goals by funding the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program in the Illinois budget.
AFT is dedicated to working with partners to find solutions to agricultural problems in a comprehensive and holistic manner in Midwest state policy.
AFT trainings have inspired the Kaesebiers to increase their cover crop conservation practice to about two-thirds of their land.
The Vermilion Headwaters Watershed Partnership is an AFT-led coalition to tackle water quality and nitrogen loss in the Vermilion Headwaters Watershed.
The Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed Partnership is an AFT-led coalition to tackle water quality and phosphorus loss in the Macoupin Creek Watershed.
By replenishing life in the soil, farmers can improve the profitability of their operations while reducing their environmental footprint.
To provide the economic evidence that soil health practices work, AFT is interviewing “soil health successful” farmers who have adopted one or more soil health practices on their operation.
AFT helps women farmers and landowners protect their land and embrace conservation.