Regenerative farming is an approach to agriculture that seeks to produce more holistically, sustainably, and resiliently. Often these regenerative practices include using compost and animal manure, growing cover crops, implementing no- or low-till, and rotational grazing. Together, these practices can provide a number of benefits to both the farmer and the ecosystem, including greater profitability for farmers, enhancing their economic resilience; a lower carbon footprint; greater sequestration of carbon; better water quality management; and improved biodiversity.
Farmers all over are beginning to recognize the benefits of regenerative agriculture, including those right here in Iowa. In a recent article by Reuters News & Media, the City of Cedar Rapids is highlighted for its innovative approach to encourage regenerative farming upstream to improve the health of the cities and watersheds downstream.
To learn more about regenerative farming and the City of Cedar Rapids’ project, go to www.reutersevents.com/sustainability