Farm Credit producers are doing more than just enduring disasters—they’re adapting, innovating and stewarding the land for future generations.

For generations, Farm Credit has financed the efforts of agricultural producers and agribusinesses to make advances in conservation, sustainability and climate-smart practices. As a cooperative financial institution, owned and governed by our customers, we are committed to continuing that long-standing effort in partnership with our member-owners. Farm Credit Council supports federal climate policies that are voluntary, market- and incentive-based, advance science-based outcomes, promote resilience and help rural economies better adapt to climate change.

After all, America’s producers are the land’s original stewards and continue to lead the way in implementing climate-smart agriculture practices. From planting cover crops and crop rotation to conservation tillage and other regenerative practices, these environmentally sustainable practices benefit producers, the land they operate, their local communities and make agriculture more resilient to climate risks.

We proudly support the ingenuity and dedication of our customers as they explore ways to make their operations more sustainable. From improving soil vitality or reducing irrigation and other inputs to increasing organic production and implementing renewable energy sources, American producers are leading the way in preserving the nation’s natural resources while continuing to produce a safe and abundant food, fuel and fiber supply.

"The land is just ours to borrow; you have to leave some for tomorrow.” -Jake Terry, Lieb Farms

For many Farm Credit customers, sustainability and efficiency are one in the same, which is why producers are essential to the climate change conversation.

And as severe weather events continue to occur with greater frequency, utilizing precision agriculture tools, biotechnology and investing in new, innovative solutions is more crucial than ever. Jon Whatley of J&K Whatley Farms took a new approach to improve soil health as a result of a severe sandstorm that nearly destroyed his crop. He started using sustainable practices by integrating a hybrid method of no-till and conventional till, and now uses conservation strip tillage to improve organic matter build up.

“When I used to plow and disk, I was trying to get rid of organic matter because I thought it created issues. Now I want as much as I can in the soil.” -Jon Whatley