Innovative financing to help restore soil health

Iroquois Valley’s Soil Restoration Notes are an innovative conservation financing tool that provides investors a return and enables farmers to invest in the land. These notes specifically target support for soil health and the organic transition. This work was partially funded by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant.

Conservation Innovation Grants are three-year grants – ours was funded in 2016 and was completed in September 2019. Our final report shares information about our project to develop Soil Restoration Notes and directly support farmers for their soil-building work. In the Soil Restoration Notes’ first iteration in 2017, we raised a little over $2 million and deployed $3,134 to farmers through the Soil Restoration Pool, a mechanism that pays 0.5% interest into a pool for farmers as investors accrue interest through their investment. Since then, we’ve raised over $20 million in investor capital – this year, the Soil Restoration Pool reached $50,000 and funded soil health and conservation projects for 15 farmers.

A NEW MODEL FOR SHARING RISK: CHANGING THE FARM FINANCE SYSTEM

Other report highlights include lessons learned throughout the project and ways we are looking to build on this work in the future.

Read the full report here.

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Innovative financing to help restore soil health

Iroquois Valley's Soil Restoration Notes are an innovative conservation financing tool that provides investors a return and enables farmers to invest in the land.

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