American Farmland Trust-NRCS Soil Health Economic Case Studies Introduction

With soil health management, producers can increase profits and reduce costs and risk all while conserving our nation's resources for the benefit of all.  However, until now, the extent of these economic benefits has not been consistently quantified – a major constraint to soil health management adoption identified as a priority by NRCS, partners, and customers.

We hope that farmers who have been considering adding soil health practices to their operation will use these case studies to make better business decisions as they invest in healthy soils, and to start a dialog with landowners about sharing the risks and rewards of soil health investments. We believe our staff and partners can use these case studies to help answer customers’ questions about the costs and benefits of adopting soil health practices.



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Eric Neiemeyer 
MadMax Farms



Raul Sauter 
Okuye Farms


Larry, Adam and Beth Thorndyke 
Thorndyke Farms



Jay Swede
Gary Swede Farm LL
New York
(Sweet corn, Alfalfa,
Corn Silage, Grain Corn)