Decreasing the rent and sharing the costs of a sustainable farm operation are not the only ways to help eliminate the economic constraints that prohibit many landowners from adopting sustainable practices. Landowners that are dependent on farm lease revenue as their primary source of income can find alternative ways to increase farm revenue from sustainable practices or decrease the costs of implementing sustainable practices.
A few ideas for creating additional income include:
- Recreational Leases
- Environmental or Ecosystem Services
- Local and On-farm Marketing
In addition, there are government programs that can provide financial incentives to landowners and farmers that use sustainable practices. The Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP) is one such resource. State and federal incentives are also available for some landowners that lease to a beginning farmer.
As discussed elsewhere in the site, providing secure long-term lease arrangements can also play an important role in encouraging conservation of on-farm resources.