HASP Return on Investment project

Data Reports

The 2021 data report (PDF) highlights integrated dairy farms and their finances and conservation practices. Currently eleven farmers in Stearns County, Minnesota, are participating in the Return on Investment project. The project analyzes the relationship between on-farm conservation and finances on row crop and integrated dairy operations. The 2019-2020 data report (PDF) is available.

Profitability and Environmental Outcomes from Conservation in the Sauk River Watershed

The Headwaters Agricultural Sustainability Partnership works with integrated dairy farms to develop a series of case studies on the economic and environmental impact of farming conservation practices. Each farm includes dairy and row crop production, is a different size, utilizes different farming practices, and has exhibited different environmental benefits. The farms also complete the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program, a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices to protect our water.

Return on Investment Case Studies

Eleven farmers with row crop or integrated dairy operations are participating in a multi-year project which analyzes the relationship between on-farm conservation and finances over time. Select farms are highlighted.

Kuelche Dairy: HASP Return on Investment

The Kuelches operate a third-generation dairy farm, plan to add cover crops into their rotation, and want to learn more about resources from partners and other farmers in the HASP returrn-on-investment program.

Blue Diamond Dairy: HASP Return on Investment

The Frericks of Blue Diamond Dairy believe everything they do is conservation minded. Explore the ways this first-generation dairy-farming family have implemented sustainable practices that increase productivity and profits.

Schlangen Family Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Steve Schlangen believes that farming is about being open-minded and finding continuous improvement. Explore the ways he has found sustainable practices that increase his farm's productivity and profits.