Various factors make it harder for farmers using sustainable practices to access financial resources. This project used surveys and interviews to pinpoint what these factors are and how they might be alleviated.
Are the systems that provide the financial underpinning of modern farming in the Midwest--credit and crop insurance--naturally biased toward intensive commodity agriculture systems that reduce the risk of lenders, insurance companies and the government? If so, does this stem from a lack of information and understanding regarding sustainable agricultural practices and markets?
The study found that there are obvious disconnects between producers and non-producers in regard to knowledge of sustainable agriculture.
Year of Grant Completion
Peterson, Chris and Bailey, Jon, "Credit, crop insurance and sustainable agriculture" (2012). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 402.