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New Funding, New Brand: I-Regen

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URBANA, Ill. — The Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (IRAI) marks the successful completion of its first three years with a new name: I-Regen. The name change reflects an ongoing commitment to the future of regenerative agriculture in the Midwest. I-Regen encourages diversified value chains that balance the health and wealth of Midwest agricultural systems, creating a resilient bioeconomy that combats climate change, enhances soil and water quality, supports communities, and ensures food security.

Since its inception, IRAI has served as a catalyst for regenerative agriculture, gathering diverse voices and knowledge to navigate this vital and growing space. Building upon this foundation, I-Regen is poised to reduce fragmentation and promote a shared vision of regenerative agriculture in the I-States region including Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Collaborating with Extension and University partners, I-Regen provides a regional approach to research, education, and outreach.

Read the full release from the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE).

Photo: Emily Heaton, Extension specialist and director of I-Regen program, discusses carbon markets and takes questions from attendees at Eco Markets and Carbon Dynamics Field Day in Urbana. Photo by Jenna Braasch, Illinois Extension.

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