More diverse cropping systems based on Continuous Living Cover reduce risks associated with weather, pests, and markets. The ongoing Midwest drought and torrential rain events of recent years remind us of the natural hazards faced by farmers.
Cropping systems that include Continuous Living Cover provide increased resilience against these erratic changes in weather. Healthier soils resulting from farming with Continuous Living Cover provide a less suitable habitat for some pests and more frequent crop rotations can reduce threats posed by crop-specific pests. Spreading risk among more crop types reduces market-specific risks to farms and farm communities. A greater diversity of crops can support more jobs on the farm, in rural communities, and with businesses all along supply and market value chains.