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KEY ACTIVITIES

Promote RA policies at the state and federal level:

  • Reach out to State and Federal Representatives to stress the importance of RA practices
  • Draft bills that incentivize (through grants and subsidies) farmers to use RA practices including, but not limited to, the following:
    • No tillage
    • No chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides
    • No GMO food products
    • Annual soil quality enhancement tests
    • Annual Crop Rotation
    • Polyculture (plant diversity)
    • Cover Crops
  • Educate
    • Presentations
    • School Curriculum materials

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OBJECTIVE

To advocate and facilitate the transition of Illinois farming practices to regenerative agriculture to benefit both the environment and farmers making our state a leader in RA practices.

TEAM LEAD

Don Viecelli, Committee Lead
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MEETINGS

Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30–7:30pm.

(Check our calendar for more details.)

MISSION / VISION

MISSION:

Our mission is to advocate and facilitate the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture (RA) and Agroforestry practices to farmers, ranchers, and other landowners to increase profitability, improve soil health and combat climate change effects.

VISION:

To restore soil health as nature intended and increase the potential of regenerative agriculture to serve as a carbon sink

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Regenerative Agriculture Definition

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances the entire ecosystem of the farm. Through carbon sequestration, it captures carbon in the soil by pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere to reverse the damages caused by climate change. It offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, improved health and vitality for farming communities.

For more, see NRDC’s Regenerative Agriculture 101.

Regenerative Agriculture News

RA Group Meets With Dr. Elaine Ingham and Kim Martin of Soil Food Web To Discuss 2023 Farm Bill

On Mon., Jan. 10, 2022, Regenerative Agriculture group members met with Elaine Ingham and Kim Martin of Soil Food Web. In our efforts to get assistance for farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture, we’re focusing on introducing components to the Farm Bill that’s being revised this year. We’re seeking advice from Dr. Ingham to help shape our policy suggestions. Dr. Elaine Ingham is a renown soil scientist working at the University of Illinois Ag Extension who has also founded the Soil Food Web, providing knowledge and instruction in regenerative agriculture to farmers all over the world. Kim Martin, a leader at Soil Food Web and a retired farmer, was able to provide information from the experiences in the  transition to RA practices on her farm. We look forward to our next meeting with Elaine and Kim and are very thankful for their assistance in helping us understand RA from a soil science perspective and in developing a policy framework.

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