Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

The Multiple Benefits of Agriculture Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort directed by the Land Stewardship Project, has worked to quantify the benefits from diversifying the agricultural landscape in watershed settings. Based on this research, the initiative is making recommendations on performance-based policies.

At the core of this research initiative is modeling research that predicts the benefits that could be produced by different farming systems in two Minnesota watersheds: Wells Creek watershed in the southeast and a sub-watershed of the Chippewa River in the western part of the state. This modeling study has provided extensive insights into the impacts a diverse agricultural landscape could have on all aspects of a watershed: environmental, economic and social.