Soil Health Partnership Joins Ecosystem Services Market Consortium as a Legacy Partner MemberBy SHP Staff on Tuesday, 04 June, 2019
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP)’s objective is to measure and communicate the economic and environmental benefits of different soil management strategies, and provide a set of regionally-specific, data‑driven recommendations to farmers. Partnerships with other data-driven organizations can help fully realize that goal, which is why SHP is joining the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) in order to advance the development of a market-based approach to promoting land stewardship and to create a market for farmers to benefit from the practices they implement on their land.
“All of the ESMC member companies and organizations recognize the critical importance and benefit of not only taking care of our working lands but enriching them,” says Debbie Reed, Executive Director, ESMC. “They know it will create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes, and they want to help lead those efforts.”
SHP will join ESMC as a Legacy Partner. Legacy Partner members pledge financial support to ESMC as well as their participation to create a movement to measure, verify and monetize increases in soil carbon, reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improved water quality and conservation from the agricultural sector.
“Our core mission is focused on creating value for U.S. farmers undertaking conservation practices to improve soil health. We recognize that farmers invest heavily in their lands, often creating public benefits that may not be monetized,” said Executive Director, Shefali Mehta. “This is one of several varied initiatives with which we are involved to support the betterment of both soil health and the economic situation of farmers.”
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm. For more information, visit soilhealthpartnership.org.
About the Soil Health Partnership
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 15 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm. For more information, visit https://soilhealthpartnership.org.
About the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium
The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium was launched in February 2019 with nine Founding Circle members and one Legacy Partner. It builds on the earlier formation of the Ecosystem Services Market Program, a product of more than 20 months of industry and sector leaders developing resources and information to establish a successful ecosystems market. The planned market offers the singular focus of enabling and encouraging farmers and ranchers to adopt and sustain conservation management practices to improve soil health, reduce GHG emissions, and improve related water quality and reduce water use. For more information, visit https://ecosystemservicesmarket.org/.