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Soil Health Case Studies

Fourteen compelling and easy-to-read two-page soil health economic case studies featuring “soil health successful farmers” were developed by American Farmland Trust (AFT) and partners. Originally, AFT developed the methods and analysis for producing these case studies with support from a 2018-2021 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant called “Accelerating Soil Health Adoption by Quantifying Economic and Environmental Outcomes & Overcoming Barriers on Rented Lands.”

The original case studies (produced between 2018 and 2021) feature almond farmers in California, corn-soybean farmers in Illinois and Ohio, and diversified crop farmers in New York. In 2022, we published our first Pennsylvania case study featuring a family farm that has protected their land with an agricultural conservation easement, specifically the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). Additionally, we published the Faith Home Orchard case study in partnership with the Almond Board of California, and two Oklahoma case studies in partnership with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

Justin Bodell, Brian Brandt, Emily Bruner, Paul Lum, Michelle Perez, Aaron Ristow, Florence Swartz, Ben Wiercinski, Ellen Yeatman. Partner authors: Maryanne Dantzler-Kyer (Oklahoma Conservation Commission), Meg Greski (Oklahoma Conservation Commission), Blane Stacy (Oklahoma Conservation Commission), Michael Roots (Almond Board of California), John Hanchar (Cornell Extension).
Washington, DC: American Farmland Trust and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Page Numbers
Publication Date
July 22, 2022
Publication Type
Fact Sheets and Technical Memos
California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania
Soil Health, Agricultural Economic Trends, Conservation Policies and Programs, Environmental Benefits, Climate Change

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