The Environmental Defense Fund and K·Coe Isom AgKnowledge recently published their study Farm Finance and Conservation: How stewardship generates value for farmers, lenders, insurers and landowners. In this report, three midwest farmers opened their books for an in-depth look how their conservation practices stood up when compared to ten other midwest farmers. The conclusion is that sustainable conservation practices can and do pay.
Peoples Company offers a low cost, no-obligation, Sustainability Assessment to help landowners evaluate how well their farm is being managed for sustainability and appreciation. The assessment includes a soil loss report, profitability mapping, and farm practice assessment.
Soil is the foundation of value for farmland. Inevitably, tillage, wind, and rainfall causes soil to move and potentially become permanently lost. This report evaluates how much soil is being lost from the farm every year under current farming practices and recommends alternative ways to reduce that erosion.
Using advanced algorithms that incorporate farm attributes to predict yield along with anticipated expenses for crop production, the report identifies those parts of the farm that are profitable and those that are not or less profitable. More often than not, portions of the farm which are less or not profitable tend to be more environmentally sensitive. By identifying these areas, the report provides opportunity to improve income and enhance sustainable conservation through prudent management.
Farm practices, or how a farmer produces a crop, has considerable impact on farmland sustainability. The report identifies current farm practices and evaluates alternative practices that could potentially improve organic matter, water infiltration, and nutrient cycling.
Peoples Company’s Land Managers optimize annual income while managing for long-term appreciation. They focus on maximizing the productive acres while protecting the environmentally sensitive acres. Peoples Company believes financial performance and environmental performance are linked. Peoples Company’s land management clients are progressive landowners focused on the long-term sustainability and appreciation of their farm.