Paths to Profitability

    Getting on a path to a more profitable future often starts with one question. Take one of these next steps to help find your own path to profitability.

    Hear farmers share their paths to profitability

    Farmers from across the country share about the questions they asked and paths they took that led their farms to greater profitability. Some have saved costs on inputs or optimized their working capital, while others have added new revenue streams, such as carbon credits.

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    Chris Lehe

    On Lehe Farms in Indiana, Chris Lehe and his family implemented no-till and cover crops. They joined Carbon by Indigo to add a revenue stream for the carbon they sequestered, not just get paid for practice changes.

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    Paul Overby

    North Dakota farmer Paul Overby and his wife started exploring reduced tillage, cover crops, and crop rotation on their 1300-acre operation. Since then, they’ve seen labor and cost savings, better yields and quality, increased soil health, and a new carbon sequestration revenue stream.

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    Adam Chappell

    A decade after taking his first steps toward practices that benefit the soil, Adam continues to maximize his profitability and reduce his expenses by introducing new practices.

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    Lance Unger

    Lance Unger and his family adopted cover crops and "minimal tillage" on their Southwest Indiana row crop farm. They've since seen increased soil health and productivity, while also earning additional income for carbon credits in year 1 of participating in Carbon By Indigo.

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    Kasey Bryant Bamberger

    On her family’s farm in Ohio, Kasey Bryant Bamberger uses digital technology and natural microbiology to enrich her soil and produce a healthier crop. In their first year of using cover crops and no-till, they even saw a large-scale weed reduction.

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    Kyle Schnell

    Iowa farmer Kyle Schnell found the more he applies beneficial practices such as cover crops, grazing, and no-till, the more his profits increase. He spends less and earns more.

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    Mike Bretz

    Mike Bretz's point of view was: “If we can actually make agriculture more profitable and improve soil health, why not go do it?” Mike jumped in headfirst with all 450 acres into beneficial practices, planting cover crops first and going for another round his second season.

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    Steve Anderson

    In 2013, crop prices were falling faster than the input prices, making turning a profit hard to impossible. The changes Steve made helped him make a profit and have more time with his family.

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    Tony Hein

    With mounting chemical prices, Tony Hein thought to himself, “I’ve got to do something different.” Exploring beneficial practices has helped Tony save costs while improving his soil health.

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    Ken Rulon

    Indiana farmer Ken Rulon has been using no-till and cover crops for decades—and has the data to shows benefits. Some of those benefits include increasing his profitability by reducing costs on pesticides and insecticides and focusing on having something in the ground all year.

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    Quinn Johnson

    Quinn’s soil has made a transformation. “We started with some pretty chalky white soil, and it was less than 1% organic matter. On a lot of our fields, we've had some pretty degraded ground that we were working with here,” he says, which motivated him to try cover crops, no-till, and grazing. It took some trial and error, but his soil made a turnaround. “If we've got the moisture in the soil, our soil almost looks like crumbly chocolate cake now.”

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    The benefits

    Making your farming economics more resilient

    From saving costs to earning additional revenue streams, adopting sustainable practices and optimizing your grain marketing strategy over time can help you to create a more resilient, profitable operation.

    The economics of farming

    See results from real farmers who have made changes to their approach from soil to sale.

    These case studies are provided for general informational purposes only. A number of variables can affect profitability. Individual results will vary. Indigo does not guarantee any results with respect to profitability of regenerative practices with respect to any individual grower.

    *Source:  Progress Report July 2020