Todd Ballard’s family has been farming for more than 100 years, and each generation has taken pride in clean fields, nicely tilled and weed-free.
He started experimenting with cover crops about eight years ago and direct seeding three years ago, increasing the no-till ground yearly.
A lot has changed, and it’s taken some adjustment...
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You may have heard it called soil health, regenerative agriculture or carbon farming.
Instead of constantly pumping fertilizers and pesticides into worn-out soil, a more hands-off approach encourages an underground living ecosystem of bugs, worms, fungi, microbes and bacteria to make the soil healthier and less threatening to the environment.
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Although we've recently seen a surge in farm-to-table, shopping local, and CSA farm shares, how quickly will we return to buying from factory farms and embracing our vulnerable food supply chain because it's cheaper and easier? What happens next time there's a crisis?
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Economic shutdowns have severely disrupted supply chains that move food from farm to fork.
Are the recent changes in consumer behavior temporary? Will people go back to their old ways post-pandemic, or instead, will people continue to support and buy directly from smaller, local food producers. What about in less densely populated areas?
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Myths get in the way of our ability to restore degraded soils that can feed the world using fewer chemicals. One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable.
MYTH 1: LARGE-SCALE AGRICULTURE FEEDS THE WORLD TODAY
MYTH 2: LARGE FARMS ARE MORE EFFICIENT
MYTH 3: CONVENTIONAL FARMING IS NECESSARY TO FEED THE WORLD
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Most of the meat eaten globally is raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (or CAFOs), points out Krissy Kasserman. “We have a lot of evidence that previous outbreaks have arisen in factory farms,” she says. “I think that in focusing our anger on wet markets, we’re ignoring the way that most people eat all around the world.”
It’s going to cost them at least $8 billion, and probably more.
Bayer has been aggressive in refusing to accept that Roundup, Monsanto’s most important product, causes cancer.
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After this fifth-generation New Zealand sheep and cattle farmer was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, he began reading up on healthy living and what sort of agricultural systems produced the best foods. It took him down a path of learning about how food could be produced with greater nutritional integrity. This led him to organics, and then onto the next level - organic regenerative agriculture.
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Here they are! Our 2020 broadleaf weedbots, mechanically complete and ready to roll out into the field. Stay tuned for more photos, updates and video!