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Exploring the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

Exploring the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

Rural GFW 8th July 2024


Exploring the Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

- Elliot Taylor, Partner and Farm Business Consultant with GFW

As a farm business consultant, direct drilling, cover crops, soil health and the phrase ‘regen ag’ are often the topics of discussion especially when the Sustainable Farming Incentive and productivity funding are encouraging these practices. ‘Regen Ag’ or to use its Sunday name, regenerative agriculture, is gaining momentum in the UK as a sustainable farming practice that focuses on restoring and enhancing the health of agricultural ecosystems. Unlike conventional agriculture, which often relies on synthetic inputs and intensive tillage, regenerative methods aim to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and sequester carbon.

So, let us explore the numerous benefits of regenerative agriculture.

Improved Soil Health

One of the primary benefits of regenerative agriculture is the enhancement of soil health. Practices such as cover cropping, reduced tillage, and crop rotations help to build organic matter and improve soil structure. This leads to better water retention, reduced erosion, and increased microbial activity, which are essential for long-term agricultural productivity.

Some industry experts believe that soil erosion and degradation have become a significant issue in some parts of the UK due to conventional farming methods, where regenerative agriculture offers a sustainable solution. Healthier soils not only support higher yields but also require fewer inputs, reducing costs for farmers.

Enhanced Biodiversity

Regenerative agriculture promotes biodiversity both above and below ground. By diversifying crops and integrating livestock, farmers create habitats for a variety of species. This increased biodiversity can lead to natural pest control, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.

It is said that regenerative practices can help restore ecological balance. Hedgerows, cover crops, and perennial plants all provide food and shelter for pollinators and other beneficial insects, contributing to a more resilient ecosystem and a form of natural pest control for arable production.

Carbon Sequestration

One of the most significant environmental benefits of regenerative agriculture is its potential to sequester carbon in the soil. Through practices like no-till farming, cover cropping, and agroforestry, carbon is captured and stored in the soil, helping to mitigate climate change.

The UK government has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and regenerative agriculture can play a crucial role in achieving these goals. By increasing soil organic carbon, these practices not only offset emissions from agriculture but also improve soil fertility and productivity for the long-term.

Economic Resilience

Regenerative agriculture can enhance the economic resilience of farming businesses. By improving soil health and reducing dependency on expensive synthetic inputs, farmers can lower their costs and increase their profitability. Diversified farming systems are also less vulnerable to market fluctuations and climate extremes that the UK have experienced recently.

In the UK, where farmers face economic uncertainties due to global market pressures, regenerative practices could offer a pathway to more stable and sustainable farming system going forward. Government incentives aiming to enhance economic resilience, like the Sustainable Farming Incentive and productivity grant funding, are available to encourage and support regenerative practices.

Water Management

Improved soil structure and increased organic matter in regenerative farming systems enhance water infiltration and retention. This not only reduces the risk of flooding but also helps farmers manage water more efficiently during dry periods.

The UK, which experienced both flooding and drought in the last 12 months, can benefit significantly from better water management. Regenerative practices reduce runoff and erosion, protecting waterways from pollution and supporting healthier aquatic ecosystems.


Regenerative agriculture presents a promising pathway for enhancing the sustainability and resilience of the UK’s agricultural sector. By improving soil health, increasing biodiversity, sequestering carbon, and enhancing economic resilience, these practices offer numerous benefits for farmers and the environment. As the UK continues to strive for sustainable development across all industry, regenerative agriculture is likely to become a cornerstone of agricultural policy and practice in the years to come.

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Regen Ag - Practical Considerations

Transition Period: Shifting from conventional to regenerative practices can involve a transitional period where yields may temporarily decline. However, research suggests that long-term benefits often outweigh these first challenges.

Farming Characteristics:  Evey farming system is different with varied cropping and differing soil types. It is important to consider that not all farming businesses will be able to adopt all or even some regenerative practices.

Knowledge and Training: Successful implementation of regenerative practices requires knowledge and training. Support from agricultural organisations, universities, and experienced farmers is essential.

Policy Support: Government policies and incentives can play a significant role in promoting regenerative agriculture. Subsidies, grants, and technical assistance can help farmers adopt these practices.




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