Regenerative Ag Could Make Illinois Farms More Climate-Friendly — And More Profitable, Too

Regenerative Ag Could Make Illinois Farms More Climate-Friendly — And More Profitable, Too

News Type: Federal Source: Illinois State University
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The term “regenerative agriculture” sounds wonderful…or for many maybe just more fancy talk for the latest sustainable agriculture movement.

But regenerative agriculture is an important topic in the Greater Peoria region, because the majority of the land in Central Illinois is planted in large-scale monoculture swaths of corn and soy. Interest may be low for the average person because of the, well, monotony of monoculture, but agriculture is a very big deal none-the-less.

In 2019 Illinois farmers produced over 1.8 billion bushels of corn and half-a-billion bushels of soybeans. The ability to grow this many crops by a shrinking number of farmers has developed over the last century thanks to science, engineering, and policy.