Delta Institute

Project Title
Soil Health and Land Valuation
Chicago, IL

Grant focuses on serving farming communities highlighted from Delat Institute’s “2022 Conservation Hotspot Analysis: Expanded Findings” report—namely, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties— helping to advance the region’s conservation goals by developing an economic tool that integrates soil health indicators when calculating property value, thereby promoting economic practices that have the potential to assess land managed with sustainable agriculture practices at a higher value over conventional agriculture. The goal is to build upon the learnings of our past grant by further incorporating soil health as a factor in the land appraisal process in Northeast Illinois, ultimately to help advance the climate-smart agriculture in the region.