2021 Conference videos – Missouri State Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Watch video recordings of this virtual conference, held December 14th and 15th, 2021. Sessions include: Welcome and opening remarks with Scott Edwards, MO NRCS State Conservationist Farmer Panel 1: Farmer experiences with cover crops in Missouri –with Dr. Rob Myers and producers Johnny Hunter, Kate Lambert, Liz Graznak and Cecil Harness Boosting soil health...

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Using Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality

This resource discusses how cover crops can can improve water quality by reducing erosion, runoff, and leaching by improving soil health.

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Cover Crops: A Cost-Effective Tool for Controlling Erosion

This resource disccuses the costs of soil erosion and explains how cover crops and reduced tillage can limit erosion before it begins by protecting soil from raindrops and increasing infiltration.

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COVER CROPS IN THE US: Current status and trends

In the last decade, we’ve seen remarkable growth of cover cropping use in every crop-producing region of the US1.  According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, over 150,00 farms reported using cover crops. Here, we provide an overview of cover cropping trends in the US, with a few key statistics and figures that illustrate...

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Why living roots matter year-round

When there are no living roots in the soil, such as might be found in a corn field from fall to spring, the health of the soil suffers. Some soil microbes go dormant while other soil organisms, including earthworms, may die due to lack of food resources. Living roots exude carbohydrates into the soil...

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Examples of regenerative agriculture

The exact mix of regenerative approaches appropriate to a farm varies depending on what is being produced and the goals of the farmer and landowner. Soil and climate conditions can also impact what farming practices make sense. For farmers growing commodity crops or annual fruits and vegetables, some common regenerative approaches can include: Cover...

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Catalyzing more regenerative agriculture

The food, clothing, and beverage choices made by consumers all have an impact on the future direction of agriculture, in part by shaping demand that guides industry investments. Most of the major food and agriculture companies in the U.S. are putting a greater emphasis on sustainable and regenerative approaches, and some of the clothing...

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Introduction to regenerative agriculture concepts

Besides the information offered on this website, there are many places to get more information on regenerative agriculture. For someone just getting familiar with this topic or some of the most common approaches of regenerative agriculture, certain videos or articles may be helpful. We particularly recommend: Living Soil – A one-hour documentary film on...

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Private sector support

An increasing number of food and agriculture companies are now providing payments to farmers to implement selected regenerative practices such as cover crops, no-till or new grazing systems. Generally, these programs are targeted to specific geographic areas, such as a single state or region. Some of the companies that have recently offered financial programs...

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Improving land value

You can get assistance with designing conservation approaches and other regenerative practices on your farm through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), university extension, relevant state conservation agencies, and in some cases private not-for-profit conservation organizations. It helps to develop an overall plan for your farm and implement new practices in a stepwise...

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