The Soil Health Institute (SHI) is pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund, an initiative to draw down 1 million metric tons of CO2e from the atmosphere by 2026 through increased adoption of regenerative soil health practices by cotton producers.

To support growers in their transition to regenerative soil health systems, the Fund will establish soil health and soil carbon targets for their farms, assess the economic and environmental benefits of soil health practices in cotton production and will provide education programs through farmer-to-farmer mentoring networks. The Fund will achieve its goal with a farmer-facing, science-based strategy to unite farmers, partners, and financial supporters of the U.S. Cotton Industry.

Highlights of the Fund’s strategy include:
  • Standardizing Soil Measurement and Goal Setting: Soil Health Targets and Soil Carbon Targets
  • Making the Business Case: Soil Health Economics
  • Empowering Farmers: Soil Health Education
  • Building the Regenerative Movement: Impact Assessment
  • Creating a Resilient Future: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This work is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation and collaborations with Cotton Incorporated, National Cotton Council, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, and Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.