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AgMission/Precision Conservation Management MOU

Partnership with Precision Conservation Management to Acceleration Conservation Practice Adoption
Generating AgMission Solutions

Program Contact

Allison Thomson

Precision Conservation Management

Year Awarded   2021

FFAR award amount   $79,966

Total award amount   $159,933

Location   Bloomington, IL

Program   AgMission

Matching Funders   PepsiCo

What is the problem this research is tackling?

Despite the potential environmental benefits of various conservation practices, practice adoption rates remain low. The reasons for the low adoption rates remain unclear although contributing factors could be a lack of information or evidence about success rates for these practices.

Why this research is important

Precision Conservation Management (PCM), a conservation program of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (IL Corn) is a farmer-driven effort addressing natural resource concerns on a field-by-field basis. PCM identifies conservation practices that effectively address environmental issues in a financially-viable way. By joining PCM, farmers agree to allow IL Corn to collect and anonymize data in a way that demonstrates how conservation practices affect both farm income and local resource concerns.

Details About this Research

Through AgMission, FFAR entered in MOU with PCM to implement the Sustainable Farming Program improvement plan focused on regenerative agriculture in Gothenburg, Nebraska. PCM is coordinating and implementing the Program to identify farmers with high nitrogen application and invite farmers to enroll in the Program. PCM will advise PepsiCo and FFAR of the total aggregate number of acres enrolled on a collective basis by all participating farmers in the Program and of the total number of cover crops acres that each individual Participating Farmer has planted.

How This Research Contributes to Our Mission

This MOU will bolster information and knowledge about the effectiveness of conservation adoption practices. This research supports thriving farms and environmental resilience.

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