Our Story

Formed in 2016 by a small group of corporate members invested in ambitious goals and driven by strategic action, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative developed a boundary-pushing vision and innovative model that leveraged each founding member’s assets. Today, the Collaborative serves as a space for our members to refine strategies and incubate solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time in a region of global environmental and economic significance.

Our Vision, Mission & 2030 Goals

Vision

Healthy soils that protect water and mitigate climate change impacts are necessary to support farm families and our communities. Our vision is a U.S. food & agricultural system that is part of a healthy environmental ecosystem and is economically viable for all.

Mission

The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative tests and demonstrates solutions for removing barriers to widespread adoption of regenerative practices that can benefit the environment, using science-based approaches for systems change, and catalyze scaled adoption through shared learning.

2030 Goals and Measuring Progress

MRCC has three goals aligned with its shared ambition for a more regenerative agricultural system, and the scale and urgency that is needed to achieve it.   

  1. Ensure that 30 million acres in the Midwest with practices that support improved outcomes for soil health, greenhouse gases, water quality and use, biodiversity, or farmer livelihoods. At least 1 million of these acres will demonstrate multiple measurable regenerative outcomes. 
  2. Reduce net on-farm GHG emissions in the Midwest row crop supply chain by 7 million MT by 2030. 
  3. Directly support at least 30,000 Midwestern farm operations in the transition to regenerative agriculture by 2030.  

As a collaborative platform, MRCC helps to catalyze impact across the work that its members do in the region. The goals reflect the collective desired impact from individual members’ work supporting regenerative agriculture in the region and are made possible by the commitments and efforts of each member.  

Members

The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative is comprised of leading companies and nonprofits that span the full food and agriculture value chain. We understand that partnerships are vital for catalyzing the innovation needed to drive transformational change. Our members share an ambition for system-wide impact and the belief that collaboration and continuous learning are key elements to realizing the future we need.

Governance

Members engage one another through a variety of work groups and convenings offering opportunities for an insider’s view of practice and strategy implementation, and space for creative problem-solving. Our Steering Committee provides guidance for the Collaborative’s strategy and activities, shares insight into each member’s emerging priorities, and identifies alignment between members.

Partners

We know that systemic change is only possible with the work of many, and our approach to developing collaborative solutions is reflective of that reality. We intentionally align our strategic focuses to operate in tandem with the work of other, similarly-positioned organizations advancing conservation within the food and agricultural systems.