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Economically Viable Sustainable Farming

PCM - An Innovative Farm Service Program

Field Level Farm Data

Farm Data – Farmers collect detailed field data using the free Farmer Portal tool

Services – PCM provides analysis & one-on-one consultations with conservation experts

Data Security Guarantee – Individual farm data is protected [not shared] unless the farmer chooses to do so

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Data Analysis for Business Decision Support 

Projections & Reports – Based on the unbiased, detailed conservation practices of Real Farmers   

Results – Improved economic performance & measurable improvements in conservation practices

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Conservation, Government Program & Supply Chain Support

Data – Supporting improvement in precision farming practices 

Farmer Access – To projects & partners that support their conservation efforts

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Environmental Impact & Measureable Improvements

Measurable Improvements – For Farmers, Supply Chain Members, Consumers & Legislators 

End Goal – Continue to move the needle to improve water quality & soil health

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Supporting Farmer Efforts to Adopt Voluntary & Economical Conservation Best Practices

Farmer Centric & Supply Chain Supported 

PCM is a farmer-driven effort addressing natural resource concerns on a field-by-field basis. We are here to identify conservation practices that effectively address environmental issues in a financially viable way – to apply financial analysis to conservation adoption.

Our tools make it easy for farmers to make decisions based on sustainability insights and best farm business management principals. 

We apply real-world insights shared by farmers making their own farm enterprise decisions. 

For more info, read the PCM 2015-2018 Data Summary –
The Business Case for Conservation – Cost Benefit Analysis of Conservation Practices.

PCM STRIVES TO BENEFIT THE FARMER, THE ENVIRONMENT & LOCAL COMMUNITIES

We Approach Conservation
From The Perspective of the Midwest Farmer

OUR BEGINNING

In 2016, the Illinois Corn Growers Association launched a farmer service program, PCM, in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

In 2017, we launched the Farmer Portal – the primary tool used to collect farm data and perform detailed analysis.

In 2018, after working with 200+ farmers to collect and aggregate meaningful data on their conservation practices, PCM published “2015-2018 Data Summary: The Business Case for Conservation – Cost-Benefit Analysis of Conservation Practices.

WHAT WE DO

PCM works with farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.

We provide one-on-one support to qualifying farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.

We provide FREE access to the Farmer Portal to any farmer who wants to contribute their farm data, and access recommendations based on other farmer participant’s aggregated, anonymized data.

OUR FARMERS

PCM farmers agree to allow the Illinois Corn Growers Association to aggregate & anonymize their data in a way that demonstrates how conservation practices affect both society & farm income. Farmers work with PCM conservation specialists to make decisions about adopting conservation practices in a financially responsible way.

PCM farmers understand the importance of sharing farm data with a trusted source to help reveal the systemic complexities affecting their ability to address the enviromental impact of farming.

VISION/OPPORTUNITY

PCMs primary goal is to assist farmers in their efforts to make economically viable conservation decisions, based on real-life, unbiased farmer data. 

We also believe it can be beneficial to  bring supply chain support to farmers who want to improve conservation practices.

We want to provide state and national policymakers a greater understanding of what they are demanding of farmers when they make cavalier statements about agriculture negatively impacting the environment.

On-farm data should help inform long-term conservation policy.
Having a farmer-first organization like PCM at the policy table is essential.

We Help Farmers Increase Conservation Practices

Farmer Portal

The Farmer Portal was developed to support data collection for the PCM program – an information system that integrates precision ag, conservation management, and economic data to facilitate the widespread adoption of conservation management best-practices. 

Reports & Recommendations

The detailed reports based on unbiased, real-world farmer data gives Farmer Portal users reliable projections and recommendations for implementation of precision conservation practices – reducing risk and improving financial and conservation outcomes.

Free Consultations with PCM Specialists

Consultations with PCM Specialists provide farmers with access to experts who are  highly trained in conservation best practices, and in how to secure the best possible economic outcomes for farmers.

When conservation practices are built on reliable data & economic projections, we create a win-win for farmers, the supply chain, & the environment.

THE PCM PROGRAM IS ABOUT

ECONOMICALLY VIABLE PRECISION CONSERVATION

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

Use farm business management principles to make financially-favorable conservation decisions.

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS

Provide one-on-one consultations with conservation experts to give farmers the information, resources, and confidence to adopt new practices.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Allow farmers to demonstrate their good stewardship practices, demonstrate continuous improvement and scale-up conservation adoption.

PRECISION APPLICATION OF CONSERVATION PRACTICES

Apply currently-available precision farming technology to optimize results of conservation practices.

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED FOR CORN AND SOYBEAN FARMING

The PCM Farmer Portal

FIELD LEVEL DATA

What makes our data special? It’s farm-scale, unbiased, highly detailed, & ongoing (4 years of detailed data so far). Our data helps PCM Farmers make highy informed, confident conservation descisions. Individual PCM Farmer data is never shared - we package, agregate & anonymize farmer data to produce reliable, real world analysis in which farmers can have confidence.

EXTENDED ANALYSIS & TOOLS FROM MANY ORGANIZATIONS

Partnering with other farm business technology producers, PMC has curated & integrated the most meaningful conservation assessments and made them available to PCM farmers through the Farmer Portal. This eliminates the need to enter data in multiple platforms and maximizes the value of the PCM Farmer Portal to it’s users.

PCM RESOURCE ANALYSIS & ASSESSMENT PLAN

RAAP reports bringing together expert analysis from University and industry professionals – offerning our farmers unsurpassed financial assessments and meaningful comparisons that no other farm service program offers. Reports are customized & presented to PCM Farmers by Specialists trained in precision conservation management. The reports are designed to integrate the farmers business interests & conservation interests. 

VISION FOR EXPANSION

Precision conservation is beneficial to so many businesses in the supply chain. As we grow the PCM program to include more corn and soybean supply chain members, we believe there is also potential to make our technology & our program work for other ag associations, conservation programs, supply chain members, & even other types of ag commodities. 

EVOLVING TO INCUDE THE ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN

Supply Chain Partners

With a farmer-first approach, we seek to create relationships and supporting technology for trusted supply chain partners. PCM Supply Chain Partnerships create a competative advantage for farmers who are showing improvements in conservation practices - and create new opportunities for supply chain members to show measurable improvements in the conservation practices used to produce their products. *Farmer participation in Supply Chain programs is always elective and explicit.

SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS

PCM creates custom information technology for Supply Chain Partners to track farmer conservation practices. We carefully vett Supply Chain Parters to ensure alignment with PCM's farmer-first ethic - and all Supply Chain Partner Programs participation requires explicit permission from PCM Farmer Portal members.

TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

Our technology partners contribute to the expansion of the Farmer Portal and it's usefulness in supporting our understanding of conservation best practices across a broad spectrum of business and environmental conditions.

CONSERVATION PARTNERS

PCM creates custom information technology for Conservation Partners to launch and manage new programs that support precision conservation practices.

AG INDUSTRY PARTNERS

PCM's agriculture industry partners are a select group of suppliers interested in supporting conservation efforts - like cover crop seed producers, equipment manufacturers, conservation drainage partners, and independant crop consultants.

FEDERAL & STATE AGENCIES

PCM leverages investments from multiple Federal and State programs to grow a sustainable ecosystem for the adoption of precision conservation best practices.

What is PCM?

Dr. Laura  F. Gentry explains PCM in this video titled: “Coming To The Table: The New Era of Partnership in Agricultural Conservation Efforts.” 

 PCM – Growing Stronger Every Day

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PCM News & Publications

Another $5M Available for PCM Farmers

PCM has been awarded $5 million dollars by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). PCM farmers in 20 counties will[…]

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PCM Specialist Clay Bess Awarded Partner of the Year, Spotlight Advisor

Partners of PCM continue to show their appreciation. Field to Market acknowledged Clay Bess, Lead PCM Specialist, for his success in the PepsiCo cover crop cost share project, recognizing him[…]

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PCM Receives 2020 Field to Market Collaboration of the Year Award

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture provides a platform that allows PCM to analyze farmers on metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, and energy use. PCM’s[…]

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We are grateful to all the PCM farmers who agree to let us use their data to help other farmers – to learn from your successes and mistakes, and for helping PCM make all of Midwest agriculture better, more profitable & more sustainable.

We appreciate your willingness to help fellow farmers even when you know they are your competitors. It is this sense of community and camaraderie that embodies the spirit of the American farmer.

Dr. Laura Gentry
Director of Water Quality Science at Illinois Corn

Between now and 2025, we all have to do something different on each acre to achieve the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

We can’t do what we’ve always done and avoid negative publicity or difficult regulations like we see in surrounding states.

I use PCM to help inform the decisions I’m making on each acre to make sure my farm is pofitable. It’s been a valuble tool for me.

Dirk Rice
PCM Farmer

To truly utilize the economic benefit of conservation practices, you must suspend the belief that highter corn yields equal increased profitability. As a farmer organization, we believe this quest for highter yields has been “baked ” into farmers’ psyches for generations.

We’d like to challenge our farmers to consider that obtaining high yields, and the higher input costs that goal often requires, may not be the best economic or conservation model for Illinois farms and Illinois farm families.

Travis Deppe
Director of PCM

PCM Partner Organizations

PCM has the support of more than 30 organizations which have a vested interest in improving the sustainability of commercial agriculture. These organizations include private, public, non-profit, charitable, and government organizations and range from those that serve and supply farmers to those that create and enforce local and national policies.

Full Partners List

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