Our Vision

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The goal is Continuous Living Cover cropping systems on the land in the U.S. Midwest. To achieve this, Green Lands Blue Waters has formed a partnership of universities, producer associations, environment groups, agricultural businesses, and government agencies.


Together we are improving the genetics of old and new crops, conducting basic research, helping translate knowledge into Continuous Living Cover cropping systems, building new extension and outreach capacity, directly assisting farmers, and building profitable markets for new crops. With businesses, policy-makers and regulators we are demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of farming with continuous living cover, and creating an environment where these new crops are competitive and profitable from the farmstead to global markets.


The University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences administers the Regional Office for the Green Lands Blue Waters Partnership.


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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