May 24, 2021
Authors: Ben Martin, Portfolio Analyst and Andre Chaves, Director of Sustainability
Regenerative agriculture has recently attracted significant attention for its contribution to mitigate climate change. Although many of the practices are not new, they have not so far been adopted at scale. With the right demand pull-through, market access and incentives, there is significant opportunity for crop production to reduce its own environmental footprint, as well as, in the near-term, help offset that of other industries.
This paper outlines the four overarching principles that define regenerative agriculture in the context of Nuveen’s farmland asset management business. For each principle there are often several practices that can be implemented separately or in concert to achieve a desired outcome. To illustrate how these concepts are carried out at a farm level, practical examples are provided from across Nuveen’s farmland portfolio.