About this Research Topic
Monoculture-based, input-intensive agriculture results in wide-scale impacts including reduced soil and water quality, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and loss of biodiversity. Farm bill programs and insurance factors discourage the implementation of diverse cropping system strategies, which results in producers planting a narrow range of commodity crops and exposes them to risks associated with significant market and climate fluctuations. The CLC approach is broad enough to allow for flexibility in implementation across landscapes but specific enough to outline actual practices that can form a strategy to achieve healthy soil, water, air, and communities. While some CLC cropping and pasture system approaches apply more narrowly to specific environmental conditions, the foundational concepts are nearly universal. CLC provides a way to frame these efforts and creates a pathway to meet the broad goals of regenerative agriculture. This research topic collection will characterize CLC and contextualize it with a set of cross-disciplinary articles, presenting cutting-edge research and aggregating key findings from the existing body of work. It will inform a broader audience of the potential benefits of these strategies, make them more accessible, and strengthen the concept of CLC in the fields of agriculture and agroecology.
We are seeking papers highlighting the latest research and short reviews of continuous living cover (CLC) strategies in perennial biomass, grains, and forage; agroforestry, silvopasture, well-managed grazing, and integrated crop-livestock systems; and annual cover crops, winter annuals, and crop rotations. We aim to include a cross-disciplinary mix of agronomic, economic, social, and environmental research. Original Research and Review articles summarizing past work in these areas are welcome.
This Research Topic has been developed in collaboration with Green Lands Blue Waters.
Keywords: Continuous living cover, perennial agriculture, cover crops, agroforestry, rural communities, winter annuals, regenerative agriculture, management intensive grazing, social sustainability, agroecology, soil health, water quality, equity, climate adaptation, supply chains, integration, environmental benefits, resilience, diversity
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