Heartland Wins USDA Grant to Expand Research on Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration


Hemp4Soil Program will Create Innovative Approaches and Technologies in Partnership with Farms Across America DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heartland Industries is proud to announce that their team has secured a grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Heartland’s ‘Hemp4Soil’ program was selected as the recipient of a $360,000 grant over 3 years to develop their soil innovation program. This grant will allow Heartland to partner with farming communities to advance research on soil health and carbon sequestration. Heartland’s research will be one of the most sophisticated programs to date that investigates the benefits of industrial hemp on soil health. This research will provide actionable conclusions that will impact the future of farming and regenerative agriculture. Out of 77 applicants, the NRCS allocated $15 million to conservation partners across the country for 19 new projects under the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. CIG is a competitive program that supports the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands. Heartland was the only hemp program chosen by the USDA. The Hemp4Soil program will quantify the impact of adding hemp and regenerative farming practices into crop rotations. Heartland has already identified farms across 10 states, and has the opportunity to expand their research program to more states for farmers interested in participating. Heartland and their partner farms will incorporate hemp into a soil health management system that has the potential to positively impact multiple aspects of soil biology including: Reducing the need for herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. Reducing the usage of water. Increasing the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered in the soil. Accelerating soil remediation by removing toxins from the soil. Increasing the nitrogen content of the soil. Naturally replenishing nutrients that are typically added into soil. Increasing the yields of other crops that are grown…

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