Senate Passes Farm Bill with Incentives for Farmers to Build Soil Health, Sequester Carbon

By Louisa Burwood-Taylor

The Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill this week including provisions aimed at promoting soil health.


These provisions include funding for a new USDA pilot project that will incentivize farmers in a dedicated region, through payments, to adopt agricultural practices aimed at improving soil health and sequestering organic soil carbon.

“Healthy soil is the lifeblood of profitable farms and a biodiverse ecosystem,” commented Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Indigo, about the Senate Farm Bill. “At Indigo, we believe that with the right tools farmers can be both more profitable and more sustainable. We’re happy to see the provision promoting soil health in this year’s Farm Bill and look forward to following the USDA’s pilot project.

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