The AGree Economic and Environmental Risk Coalition advocates for federal policy improvements to bridge the gap between the adoption of on-farm conservation practices and improving profitability for farmers and ranchers. Our work on crop insurance, agriculture data access, cover crops, and banking and finance is advancing the agricultural sector’s movement towards a more resilient, profitable, and sustainable American food and agriculture system.
During 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, the AGree Economic and Environmental Risk Coalition successfully lobbied for provisions that improve agricultural data collection and the adoption of cover crops, both of which were included in the bill’s final text.
Since Farm Bill passage, the Coalition has advocated for strengthened guidance on cover crops, which are one of the USDA’s recognized Good Farming Practices for soil health and water quality. Despite this recognition, a farmer’s crop insurance could have previously been jeopardized by planting a cover crop. The Coalition worked with USDA and partners on Capitol Hill to change this. In July 2019, USDA clarified its guidance in support of cover crops—a clear win for both growers and their land!
In 2020, we look forward to continued work bringing together agricultural producers, conservation experts, academics, and policymakers to explore how the implementation of conservation practices can improve agricultural profitability, reduce risk, and provide environmental benefits. We have much to look forward to: operationalizing our agriculture data research pilot, advancing our work in banking and finance, and continuing to support USDA’s implementation of the farm bill. We will be doing what we do best—working collaboratively on practical solutions, informed by research, to create systems that support our vital food producers—and protect the land that makes their work possible.
Our Work on Agriculture Data
The AGree Coalition works closely with Congress and the USDA to shape policies that will support greater data integration and analysis—and help farmers make important land management decisions.
Our Work on Agricultural Finance
The AGree Coalition is exploring opportunities for banks and investors to finance farmers and landowners who want to invest in conservation practices that increase profitability, enhance property values, and reduce producers’ long-term risk.
Our Work on Cover Crops
The AGree Coalition works to improve information about and remove federal policy barriers to the adoption of cover cropping, a recognized good farming practices that reduces soil erosion, improves soil health, suppresses weeds, retains moisture, and reduces nutrient runoff.
Our Work on Crop Insurance
The AGree Coalition advocates for federal risk management programs that encourage farmers to implement practices that reduce producers’ long-term risk, in addition to improving soil health and water quality.