Episode 96. Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture

In this episode Dave Scott, agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, sits down with Korey Fauque, a farmer of 4,500 acres and owner of KW Insurance, a crop insurance company in Sunburst, Montana. He has an Agriculture Technology degree from Montana State University Northern in Havre, Montana. Dave Scott is located at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Office in Butte, Montana.

In this podcast, Dave and Korey talk about soil health and regenerative agriculture, which is the use of agriculture practices that mimic nature.

They discuss the Five Principles of Soil Health, which are: 1) Minimum disturbance; 2) Roots in the ground year-round; 3) Crop diversity; 4) Soil armor; and 5) Incorporating livestock. Korey explains how he implements these principles on his farm, how a farmer can transition to a soil health approach, and the pros and cons of chasing markets.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Dave Scott directly at daves@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers

Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: Updates for 2018

No-Till Case Study, Brown’s Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line

Building Healthy Pasture Soils

Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing Income

Nutrient Cycling in Pastures

Soil Health Online Tutorial

Gabe Brown: Farming in Nature’s Image video

Organic Farming and Crop Insurance Options video

Intensive Grazing: One Farm’s Set Up video

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