Moving from an industrial agriculture system that relies heavily on fossil fuel and nitrogen fertilizers to regenerative agriculture practices dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Regenerative agriculture practices also improve soil health, thereby increasing the soil’s potential to be the carbon sink we so need. Regenerative agriculture provides a variety of other ecosystem services as well, such as improvements in biodiversity, water quality, reduced flooding and more.
Climate Land Leaders™ come together to set conservation goals for their land. They also participate in a peer-to-peer network and work with partner experts to help them implement their goals.
Together these landowners are increasing plant and animal diversity on their land. They are keeping their soils covered and roots in the ground year around. They are planting trees and shrubs on cropland. Restoring prairie and savannas and wetlands. Improving nutrient management on their crop ground. And much more. Climate Land Leaders™ is science-based. Participants take soil samples over the years to document increases in soil organic matter and soil carbon.
To see Climate Land Leaders™ in action, check out this video of Peg Bouska of Iowa City and Carol Bouska of Minneapolis getting to know their land with a land walk.