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
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
Conservation, Government Program & Supply Chain Support
Data – Supporting improvement in precision farming practices
Farmer Access – To projects & partners that support their conservation efforts
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
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 2023 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
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.
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.
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
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.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
Use farm business management principles to make financially-favorable conservation decisions.
Provide one-on-one consultations with conservation experts to give farmers the information, resources, and confidence to adopt new practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PCM – Growing Stronger Every Day
PCM News & Publications
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.
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.
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