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Farming for Clean Water, Soil Health and Climate Resilience
October 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
How agricultural land is managed in the St. Croix Watershed can greatly impact how clean and clear the river is. Farmers are finding, and science is backing them up, that certain farming practices can protect water, improve soil health, store carbon in the soil, and make their cropping systems more resilient to severe weather impacts. George Boody, Science and Special Projects Leader at Land Stewardship Project, will talk about how farmers are adopting these regenerative systems, which include adoption of perennial crops, longer rotations, cover crops, and integration of livestock on the land with managed rotational grazing. The kinds of changes needed in markets and public policies to encourage and implement these practices on a wide scale will also be addressed, with time for audience questions and discussion.
George Boody was the Executive Director of Land Stewardship Project (LSP) until 2016 and currently serves as Science and Special Project Leader. He has co-directed several interdisciplinary projects that measure and predict ecological and financial benefits from diversified farming systems, while engaging farmers to improve grazing and diversify annual row-cropped fields by adopting continuous living cover. LSP was founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for America’s farmland. Today LSP has 4000 primarily rural and farm members and is dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming system. George Boody also serves on the St. Croix River Association Board of Directors.