Announcing the Spring 2021 Resource Library!
2021 Resource Library
The Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference planning committee is proud to announce the debut of our 2021 Spring Resource Library. Every week we will be adding a new video with cover crop, soil health, and conservation videos from Wisconsin speakers.
Can regenerative ag work in Wisconsin? Do we even need regenerative ag in Wisconsin?
What’s the point of it. cover crops
will never work up here, it’s too cold, it’s too wet and the ground is too heavy. This stuff is nothing more than a fad. You know what they say no till no crops, it doesn’t work up here, you’re not going to make any kind of money. There’s no other way to farm up here, there’s only one way.
Whether we’re talking about agriculture, or ecology, or community, or faith, they all need to reconcile with one another. There can’t be any trade offs, like we’ve been taught in the past. If we continue to operate like it’s a give or take system, it’s not gonna work for very long. By
some estimates, the current ag system has less than 60 years left of productive topsoil.
Part of the last 20 years, I’ve started to get a feel for how landscapes perform when they’re put to environmental stress tests of weather and changing land uses. And I really feel that the conservation focused farming systems and the farmers that manage them are much more resilient to these challenges.
There is lot of time, energy and money getting put into regenerative agriculture these days around the country, which is very important, we need to have more knowledge of what we need be doing on these farms to help create better soils have less runoff into our rivers. And to inform the general public that this stuff is out here.
I am optimistic that going forward, the soil and its ability to properly function will be the main focus amongst agriculture.
The work that farmers and advisors are doing to boost conservation and regenerative farming systems on their land is so important, because we’re at a critical time for it. Science tells us so we have a real chance to affect our climate and water quality and natural resources. And the responsibility to do that right at this moment.
I feel that regenerative agriculture is the future of farming. We’re seeing the benefits in our operation by having healthier crops and bigger yields,
and continue to get more and more buy in from ag professionals, other agencies, state agencies, local agencies, academia, and just the general public.
We’re moving into this new generation where we’re focusing on the interplay between practices, and the results of practices working together that create a really a more holistic result for our soil and crops and water resources.
The success and prosperity of every generation before us has relied on the soil. And the work we do today will ensure that future generations can rely on that same soil resource.
Farmers are trying to implement practices like this to help create healthier food for the nation. If I
were to boil it down to one reason, it would be personal conviction, because there’s more at stake than just my farm. It’s far reaching and much bigger than just what I’m doing here and the decisions that I make
And what do we have to lose? I’ve heard a lot of farmers talk about weak points in their systems and the worry that those weak spots will get worse with weather and land use challenges. And to that I say let’s try something else. Let’s push the envelope.
Is this right?
No sit on that side once.
How about Okay, how about this? Oh, no.
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