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Diversified Farming Systems

Diversified farming systems are inherently less risky, given they involve multiple crops and livestock. Their environmental benefits include improved water quality, increased soil health, enhanced soil carbon sequestration, and greater biodiversity. However, farmers of diversified farming systems face significant barriers to success, specifically in the areas of risk management, access to finance, and technical assistance. 

Risk management options for diversified farming systems are scarce and available insurance products often do not offer sufficient coverage. It can also be harder for these farmers to access financial capital because their operations tend to be smaller and they lack peer support as well as technical assistance and collateral to secure loans.

AGree advocates for increased support for diversified farmers through expanded access to crop insurance options, marketing and infrastructure, conservation programming, and data and research to meet farmer needs.

Recent Research and Recommendations

AGree publishes research and recommendations that explore the barriers facing diversified farmers, in addition to creative ideas for change.