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Our Vision


Green Lands Blue Waters is a vision for agriculture in the U.S. Midwest based on the straightforward 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 values from the crops we promote can be measured in yields and farm profits; but also as reduced risk, improved outlook for long-term productivity from the land, more jobs, more wildlife, and cleaner water.


Productive Farming

Production of food, feed, fiber, fuel, and other bio-products are the core functions of farming and important goals of Green Lands Blue Waters.

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Risk Management

More diverse cropping systems based on Continuous Living Cover reduce risks associated with weather, pests, and markets.

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The Environmental Challenge

Societal choices made in our country’s food and agriculture systems have radically altered ecosystems across Midwestern landscapes.

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Farming with Environmental Benefits

Green Lands Blue Waters is about meeting the multiple challenges of agricultural production and environmental quality.

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Many Partners

Green Lands Blue Waters has formed a partnership of universities, producer associations, environment groups, agricultural businesses, and government agencies.

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