Among many farmers, there is a strong ethic of hard work, self-sufficiency, small government, and stewardship of the land.
There are many variables that remain outside of their control, including trade wars, weather, decline in commodity prices, volatile specialty crop markets, and volatile yields.
The RIPE Roadmap has no regulatory burden on farmers. Like biofuel policies, crop insurance, and federal conservation programs, the RIPE Roadmap offers economic opportunity and stable revenue to farmers who are interested in voluntarily participating in stewardship measures.
A RIPE Roadmap-inspired policy can offer farmers in the range of $50-$230 per acre for the qualifying measures. In some parts of the country, farmers are currently losing a net of $36 per acre, despite all their hard work. The RIPE Roadmap can provide income stabilization that is reliable and can be earned based on the practices that farmers do, regardless of how the yields, markets, or weather behave.
A regulatory advisory group will be set up to periodically review and advise state agricultural departments on the qualifying measures and payment design for farmers, to ensure the latest science and technology is being integrated. Farm trade associations will be closely engaged in the design of this advisory group, to ensure that farmer interests are carefully considered. The policy may prescribe a rule that the qualifying measures must include options for farmers of any size and type, to ensure wide distribution of participation in the program.