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#DiverseCornBelt

PI: Linda Prokopy

Purdue Co-PIs: Shalamar Armstrong, Stephen Hallett, Ian Kaplan, Sarah LaRose, Elizabeth Maynard, Aaron Thompson, Ariana Torres

Additional Co-PIs: Sarah Carlson and Lydia English (Practical Farmers of Iowa), Sarah Church (Montana State University), Emily Heaton, Benjamin Gramig, and Andrew Margenot (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kristin Floress (U.S. Forest Service), J. Arbuckle and Phil Gassman (Iowa State University), Ken Genskow and Paul Kelleher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jason Hill, Natalie Hunt, and David Mulla (University of Minnesota), Kris Johnson (The Nature Conservancy), Mike Komp (Conservation Technology Information Center), Peter Lammers (University of Wisconsin-Platteville), Elizabeth Reaves (Sustainable Food Lab), Keith Schilling and Silvia Secchi (University of Iowa), Aslihan Spaulding (Illinois State University), and Michael Tiboris (Independent)

For decades, the dominant paradigm in Midwestern agriculture has been the necessity of the corn-soybean rotation. as illustrated by decreased farmer economic optimism, declining rural communities, and degraded environments, this paradigm is no longer working. This Purdue-led interdisciplinary and cross-organizational team will work with stakeholders across the value chain to identify alternative cropping systems that will be more sustainable for the environment and the economy. The research team will collect data and create an understanding of the costs and benefits of more diversified agricultural options.  The transformed system will be capable of overcoming persistent market and policy barriers to support a transition to resilient intensification and a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable system.  These changes will be enabled by advancing several dimensions of diversity – at the farm, landscape, and market level-- while ensuring the needs of diverse people along the value chain are met.

Read more about the project in this article from Purdue Agriculture.