Washington Post: The Challenging Economics of Conservation Farming
April 28, 2016
April 28, 2016 by Sonja Begemann
As farmers know all too well, it's easy to get caught in the conundrum of whether they can afford to practice conservation farming, particularly on rented ground. In "One Way to Get Big Agriculture to Clean Up Its Act," Washington Post contributor Tamar Haspel explores the competing economics of no-till, cover crops, conservation, and whether or not these long-term efforts by farmers warrant more incentives, such as government subsidies, than they currently receive. She writes: But the fact remains that farmers who opt for cover cropping are going to have to pay real money right now (and you could do a similar analysis for other practices). Long-term yield gains and cost savings are excellent, but farm expenses and mortgages and kids’ educations may not be able to wait for them.