A National Initiative to Revitalize American Farming and Advance Regenerative Agriculture

Author: Stephen Posner


A national regenerative agriculture initiative launched by the federal government could transform how American farmers provide food, fiber, and land stewardship. This initiative would 1) commit to matching what farmers earn growing food and fiber with an equal investment in farmers’ work to rebuild the country’s natural capital, and 2) provide needed investment in rural economies to simultaneously empower current and future farmers to grow food in ways that improve soil health, ecosystem services, and natural resources. This strategic initiative would support the return of farming as a more widely valued job in America.

To achieve truly regenerative agricultural systems nationwide, the federal government should catalyze new markets and focus federal funding for regenerative agriculture programs, research, and development. This proposal outlines key steps towards achieving this goal including creating a Regenerative Agriculture Advisory Task Force, mobilizing substantial investments to upgrade the agricultural sector, and prioritizing regenerative agriculture as a major theme in agricultural innovation.

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About the Author

Stephen Posner is Director of Policy with the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. He is an expert in science policy with research that has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Science & Policy, and Nature Communications. He has organized congressional briefings, facilitated meetings with scientists and White House officials, and testified before legislative committees. Previously, Stephen led policy programs with COMPASS and consulted with global companies to measure how they impact and depend on nature. He has a B.S. in astronomy and physics and a Ph.D. in natural resources.