Learn how to improve soil health by testing, introducing waste products into the earth

Alice Mannette
The Hutchinson News
Jessica Gnad of Great Plains Regeneration speaks about regenerative agriculture.

Great Plains Regeneration is hosting the PrairieFood Forum and Soil Health Workshop with PrairieFood and Soil Regen on Nov. 15-16 in Pratt. The conference will focus on converting waste biomass into safe, valuable, high-carbon products for agriculture.

The workshop will demonstrate the use of cover crops, soil testing and carbon-rich amendments to improve soil health. Speakers include PrairieFood's Trish Jackson, Ph.D., and Russell Hedrick, nationally-known regenerative Oklahoma farmer Jimmy Emmons and local farmer Todd Tobin.

Panel discussions hosted by Jessica Gnad of Great Plains Regeneration will provide an opportunity to reimagine agriculture and learn about new profit opportunities from industry leaders. Both days will have hands-on soil health demonstrations by Candy Thomas, regional soil health specialist for NRCS. This two-day event shifts gears on Tuesday with a Soil Health Workshop by Liz Haney, Ph.D., who launched Soil Regen to focus on regeneration, reclamation, and restoration of land using the principles of soil health.

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Producers will gain first-hand knowledge of soil testing for soil health and carbon farming from Regen Ag Lab owner, Lance Gunderson. Others will speak of using a systems approach to soil health farming practices and gaining practical boots-on-the-ground understanding about amendment applications, including timing and rates, as well as return on investment for soil health practices and amendments.

PrairieFood produces a micro-carbon-rich soil amendment made from readily available biomass waste sources like feedlot manure. By turning waste into nourishment, PrairieFood wants to bring sustainability through soil health into agriculture.

Soil Regen is a consulting company led by soil health experts who seek to provide practical boots-on-the-ground training for not only farmers but landowners and industry professionals as well.

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To register, visit www.prairiefood.com. Great Plains Regeneration is a nonprofit organization with a mission to collaborate with farmers and ranchers to increase adoption of soil health practices to regenerate natural resources, enhance biodiversity, and support human and socio-economic resilience. Core to this mission is the facilitation of producer-led soil health education.