The environmental benefits of regenerative agriculture are widely touted, but the economics that support the transition and sustained operation of regenerative farming systems still cast doubt. This piece of work brings forward the farmer perspective on transitioning to regenerative agriculture. We explore the economics through the lens of an “average” Kansas wheat farmer but present a methodology that can be translated and applied to other geographies and commodities.
Our work models the per acre costs associated with transition to regenerative farming systems and explores how all actors and financial mechanisms could be deployed to support farmers throughout the process. We also outline the non-financial assistance that farmers need to successfully transition and how all stakeholders can best contribute to developing this ecosystem of technical and educational support.