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First-of-its-kind study shows that diverse landscapes could boost US crop yields by 20%

By Emma Bryce

Increasing land cover diversity in agricultural landscapes is about more than protecting nature: it could also increase crop yields across large areas of the United States by up to 20%, according to a recent Nature Food study.  Studies at the farm-level have previously shown that incorporating diverse land cover—features like hedgerows and flower borders—onto the land can help to boost agricultural productivity.


Indigenous rancher is a 125th-generation land steward

By YCC team Photo: Morlan Marley Boecker

As farmers grapple with climate change, many are turning to regenerative agriculture practices. These techniques help store carbon in the soil and make the land more resilient to extreme weather. The approach is increasingly popular, but not new.