Why does soil health matter and what does it have to do with food security? How is erosion and reliance on inputs like fertilizers and pesticides affecting our food supply? How can farmers and ranchers shift to a regenerative agriculture model? Tune in to hear our guest Allen Williams answer all these questions and more in this deep dive episode on soil health, regenerative farming, and beyond!
In this episode, we interview Allen Williams, a 6th generation farmer and self-described “recovering academic”. After 15 years in academia and over 40 publications authored, Allen returned to regenerative farming with an emphasis on whole farm and ranch planning. He provides a wealth of knowledge on the principles of soil health, the interconnectedness of all life, and busts myths about carbon sequestering in this not-to-be missed episode, whether you are a home gardener, a farmer or rancher, or just a conscious consumer!
Also in this episode:
- Why Soil Health Matters
- The Impact of Erosion
- Ranching and Antibiotic Use
- Defining Regenerative Agriculture
- The 4R Approach
- The Importance of Soil Fertility
- Carbon Cowboys
- Sacred Cow
- Episode 165 Vegan Diet: A Win for the Processed Food Industry
- Carbon Myths
- Allen on Being a “Recovering Academic”
- Food Security and Shortage Concerns
- Where to find Allen’s Work:
More About Allen Williams:
Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Understanding Ag, the Soil Health Academy, and Regenified. He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and 30+ other countries, on individual operations ranging from a few acres to over 2 million acres.
He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Physiology from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.
Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. They have worked in all 50 U.S. States and a total of 34 countries. In the U.S. they are currently working across 32 million acres in regenerative transition.
He has been featured in the Carbon Nation film series, Carbon Cowboys, on the Dr. Oz show, ABC Food Forecast News, and in A Regenerative Secret, The Farmer’s Footprint film series and the Sacred Cow film series.
Sponsors for this episode:
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