Converting Crop Performance Analysis into Agroecosystem Enhancements

How can native ecosystems such as prairie, wetlands, forest, and savanna make farms more profitable? Unprofitable areas of farms (pictured below–the red areas in Crop Performance Analysis) can be made more profitable by removing them from production. Additionally, the landowner can often enroll these areas in government-funded conservation programs that will help cover 50-90% of the costs of restoring native ecosystems, in addition to making annual rental payments. 

 

Native ecosystems have other values as well, which include improving our water quality, wildlife habitat, supporting pollinators and beneficial insects, and reducing soil loss. 

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