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2014 NPC Environmental Stewardship Award

Brendon and Sheldon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, CO were the recipients of the 2014 National Potato Council Environmental Stewardship Award.

This award is a component of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, a partnership between the National Potato Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to protect the environment and promote the safe and effective use of pesticides. The National Potato Council partnered with DuPont Crop Protection, who are the primary sponsor of the annual award and were responsible for the production of this video.

Managing for Soil Health when Raising Potatoes:

A Farmer's Perspective

Brendon Rockey talks with the NRCS about

biotic farming systems.

Gabe Brown: Keys to Building

Soil Health

Gabe Brown, Brown's Ranch, talks soil health principals at the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture's annual symposium.

Selecting Cover Crops: Gail Fuller

Kansas farmer Gail Fuller presents at the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. He addresses the relative pros and cons of various cover crop species including the less common

cover crops and cover crops suited to grazing use.

Connecting all of the Pieces for Success: Jay Fuhrer

NRCS District Conservationist Jay Fuhrer presents

at the Third Annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference in Delta, Colorado.

 Soils Workshop with Mark Fulford Parts 1 and 2

Mark Fulford is an independent farm consultant and educator whose range of topics and expertise encompasses: transitioning from conventional to organic and biological agriculture; soil, crop, and forage nutrition; and preparing agriculture for peak oil, climate change and economic drift.

 Eavesdropping on Plants: Jack Schultz TEDxMU

Dr. Jack Schultz has been watching insects eat plants for four decades. He discovered that plants complain about being eaten and call for help. There is a "conversation" going on all around us; plants are "talking" to other plants, to microbes, and to insects.

Life in the Soil

Look beneath the soil in this classic film from Japan. Watch roots push through the Earth and learn about how their relationships with microrganisms improves the soil and plant's health.

Agroecology: What it is and what it has to offer

Agroecology has three facets. It is:

• a discipline involving the holistic study of agro-ecosystems, including human and environmental elements

• a set of principles and practices to enhance the resilience and ecological, socio-economic and cultural sustainability of farming systems

• a movement seeking a new way of considering agriculture and its relationships with society

 

A growing body of evidence reveals agroecology’s multiple advantages over conventional high-external input farming:

• a multi-functional approach to farming, capable of meeting environmental, economic and social needs

• greater environmental sustainability and resilience, especially in marginal areas subject to environmental degradation and extreme climatic events, and

higher agrobiodiversity

• the ability to support farmers’ food sovereignty, reducing their dependence on costly and sometimes difficult-to-access chemical inputs

• higher overall productivity (at farm rather than crop level) achieved through a diverse range of agricultural products and environmental services, which reduce risks of crop failure in the long term.

 

 - Laura Silici,  IIED Natural Resources Group, 2014

 

 - Laura Silici,  IIED Natural Resources Group, 2014

 

 - Laura Silici,  IIED Natural Resources Group, 2014

 

Liquid Carbon Pathway Unrecognized

Christine Jones

The Biological Farmer

Gary F. Zimmer

Modern Miracle Men

Anatomy of Life & Energy in Agriculture

Arden Anderson

Ecological Role of Biodiversity in Agroecosystems

 Soil Guys is committed to bringing growers success through biotic management.

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