Environmental Conservation

What a Carbon Bank Could Mean for US Farmers

The Biden administration has made it clear that environmental protection/sustainability is a primary focus for the next four years. Farmers are expected to play a key role in these efforts by planting cover crops, establishing native vegetation, reducing carbon/nitrogen pollution, and helping sequester carbon.   The question is, who is going to pay for it?  Though environmental friendliness can provide numerous …

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How Will the New Administration Impact Farmers?

On January 20, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Since then, he has passed over 50 executive orders with more on their way. Despite the lingering effects of the global pandemic, climate protection and clean energy remain primary focuses for President Biden’s administration.   This includes setting the US on a course of eliminating carbon pollution …

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Why CRP is Critical to the Future of US Farming

Modern farming is facing a number of challenges. Tariffs placed on China have resulted in the world’s largest country looking outside of America for crops like soybeans and corn. Most of our major pollinators are rapidly declining in population, threating the $24 billion they contribute to our economy annually. Soil quality is degrading, causing farmers to either overly rely …

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Addressing the Problems of Agricultural Expansion in the US

It can’t be understated how vital modern agriculture is to our society and the quality of life that we all enjoy. Not only do farmers provide our food, but they’re responsible for countless raw materials for manufacturing, clothing, medicine, and more. However, when mishandled or left unchecked, agriculture can take a toll on the environment.   Tilling, infrequent crop rotation, and fertilizer application all contribute to the break down of …

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The Consequences of Pollinator Decline

As we said in our last post, most of our country’s most prominent pollinators are in dire condition. Honeybees, who are responsible for 80% of US crop pollination, could be extinct by 2035. Though implementing better pollinator diversity could help alleviate this issue, other major pollinators like bumbles and butterflies are on similar trajectories towards endangerment.   The question some are starting to ask is what happens if all of our pollinators …

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The Current State of Pollinators

Pollinators play a vital role in our world. Not only do 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators, but 35% of our food crops require animal pollination (e.g. bees, butterflies and birds) to thrive. In just the US, pollinators contribute $24 billion annually to the economy. Unfortunately, our most prominent pollinators are facing habitat …

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How CRP Helps Keep Hunting Alive

Fall is known for many things: colorful leaves, bonfires, apple cider, jacket weather, and a lot of pumpkin-spiced items. For hunters, however, fall is best known as the start of hunting season. Between October and November, hunting licenses for pheasants, ducks, deer, and more become available, allowing countless hunters to enjoy this time-honored tradition.  But hunting is …

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How Farmers Can Join the Carbon Market

As support for a regulated carbon market continues to grow, many parties are eager to join. A carbon market incentivizes participants to reduce emissions and/or store carbon. These actions provide them with carbon credits which they can then sell to other parties in the market. Though carbon markets do exist in select US areas, pricing structures aren’t well regulated, and participation is restrictive, especially for …

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The Carbon Market: Incentivizing CO2 Reduction

As global temperatures have continued to rise in modern times, there has been an increasingly vocal push for a reduction in CO2 emissions. From a business standpoint, however, green initiatives are often equated with added expenses, scaling back of productions, excessive red tape, and ultimately, a decrease in profits.   That’s why many are hoping that the promotion of carbon markets can help change how industries see CO2 reduction.  Carbon …

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Is Herbaceous Carbon Sequestration the Key to Lowering the Earth’s CO2 Levels?

The increased presence of CO2 in the air poses a number of threats as temperatures around the world rise. Farmers rely on consistent patterns and cycles to effectively cultivate their crops. Increased CO2 disrupts these cycles, ultimately leading to poor crop health and lower yields. It is also believed to be a cause behind the population declines of major pollinators, which are critical to the farming industry.  By reducing the …

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