HASP Return on Investment project

2019-2020 Data Report

The 2019-2020 data report (PDF) highlights three integrated dairy farms and their finances and conservation practices. Currently eleven farmers in Stearns County, Minn., 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.

Profitability and Environmental Outcomes from Conservation in the Sauk River Watershed

The Headwaters Agricultural Sustainability Partnership works with three 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. Each farm is a different size, utilizes different farming practices, and has exhibited different environmental benefits. Each of the three farms has completed 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.

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.

Kerfeld Hill-View Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Technology and best practices are constantly changing. Learn how Tim Kerfeld is keeping up with the changes to leave a healthier farm for the next generation of his family.

Mill Creek Dairy Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Tom Gregory has noticed increased biodiversity since committing to conservation practices. Learn what he's done to leave the land more productive and naturally abundant for his children and grandchildren.