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Scaling up regenerative agriculture

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Many people believe that the future of agriculture is regenerative. But defining what exactly that means can be a bit tricky.

Vassilos… “I don’t believe there is a definition or a way to measure regenerative agriculture yet, because it’s so nuanced.”

This is Renée Vassilos, director of agricultural innovation at The Nature Conservancy. In their efforts, they focus on regenerative practices proven to boost soil health.

Vassilos… “But again, you know, cover crops don’t work in all systems or so every year. You know, that’s the other challenge. We therefore recognize that this is not to suggest that these are solutions for all, and the only way to get there. But we have to start somewhere. There is enough data on these practices, and we know that if we can adapt them where it makes sense, we will begin to see improvements in soil health.

The Nature Conservancy invests in startups that will facilitate these practices, in service of their other policy and research work.

Vassilos… “It continues to be a complement to another tremendous body of work. We have a policy team that is very active. We have our scientists who continue to support the agronomic and economic arguments for health So all of this work is going on, and it’s kind of a compliment and in service to this work.

To learn more about The Nature Conservancy, visit www.nature.org.

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