Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM Central Time
Participants: Erin Fitzgerald, CEO, USFRA, Rob Trice, Founding Partner, Better Food Ventures, Paul Noglows, Executive Director, Crusonia on the Delta
On Tuesday, February 9th, USFRA released a report titled "Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Unlocking the potential of our soils to help the U.S. achieve a net-zero economy."
This report focuses on six established practices: 1) no-till/reduced tillage with retained residues, 2) cover crops, 3) crop rotation, 4) compost application 5) managed grazing, and 6) integrated crop and livestock systems—all of which improve soil health, sequester carbon and produce numerous co-benefits such as reduced erosion, increased water infiltration, and economic and environmental resiliency. With technology and financial innovation targeted at specific practice adoption barriers, these benefits will accrue on the farm, throughout rural America and the agriculture value chain, and the nation as a whole.
Farmers and ranchers need investment to realize soil’s potential to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, supporting the transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy. Impact Investors can play a key role by driving capital to investment opportunities that advance climate-smart agriculture. Widespread adoption of these practices will improve soil health and the resilience of America’s farms and ranches to changing climate conditions, ultimately contributing to equitable economic growth and progress toward global Sustainable Development Goals.
CEO, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action
Founding Partner, Better Food Ventures
Executive Director, Crusonia on the Delta
Executive Producer, Crusonia on the Delta FOOD IS HEALTH Forum