Green Lands Blue Waters is a long-term vision for agriculture in the U.S. Midwest. It's based on the concept of getting as much value as possible from farmlands by growing crops that keep the soil covered year-round: farming with Continuous Living Cover. The value comes in yields and profits; but also in reduced risk, improved soil health, more wildlife, and cleaner water.
Continuous Living Cover! Pasture and forage crops for livestock - biomass energy crops - agroforestry practices that add woody species as part of the cropping system - cover crops that keep soil covered after a row crop is harvested - and multi-year rotations that incorporate perennial crops and winter annuals with corn, soybean, small grains, vegetables, and other summer annual crops.
Green Lands Blue Waters is a partnership of universities, producer associations, environment groups, agricultural businesses, and government agencies. Together we are improving the genetics of crops, translating knowledge into Continuous Living Cover cropping systems, building extension and outreach capacity, and building profitable markets for new crops.