Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA)

Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA)

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About 70 people showed up for yesterday's Magic Valley Soil Health Field Day!

There were multiple demonstrations including soil pit comparisons, in-field soil assessments and a rainfall simulator. Thank you to all the partners and farmers who helped make this field day possible, including:
NRCS
Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA)
University of Idaho Extension
Balanced Rock, Twin Falls, Snake River & Water Conservation Districts

Special thanks to Todd Ballard for hosting at the farm!
NCAP is inviting organic farmer stakeholders in Idaho to a Farm Bill Listening Session next Monday, February 28 at 4 p.m Mountain Time on Zoom. All are welcome, including organic farmers not yet certified but thinking about it, transitioning farmers, and certified organic farmers. REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3vgAmgG

At this Listening Session, we'll be gathering feedback from the Idaho organic farmer community, in order to shape strategies on how to update the Organic Foods Production Act in the next Farm Bill. We will take your feedback to the National Organic Farmer Meeting on March 2.

At this Listening Session, we'll gather feedback from the Idaho organic farmer community, in order to shape strategies on how to update the Organic Foods Production Act in the next Farm Bill. We will take your feedback to the National Organic Farmer Meeting on March 2.

Please SHARE! Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, FARE Idaho, Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance, University of Idaho, Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, Purple Sage Farms, Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Idaho Preferred, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho
The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s main vision is to create an Idaho with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities. I love that ICSA promotes articles and information about how to improve soil on farms. This is why I think that you all might enjoy the documentary called Kiss the Ground, on Netflix. Like ICSA, Kiss the Ground wants to create a world with healthy soil, healthy food, and strong farms and communities all over the planet. The documentary educates the audience on many soil issues and discusses how soil impacts the health of the Earth. There’s even a 45 minute, educational cut of the documentary available for free online! For anyone who believes in the power of healthy soil and flourishing farming communities worldwide, Kiss the Ground is a great documentary to check out!
This looks intriguing.
I have 27 acres of land that can be certified as organic for rent. Please PM if you want to talk.
The Sun Valley Institute invites you to this unique and topical action-oriented gathering during the heart of summer in the beautiful Wood River Valley of Central Idaho!

The 2018 Sun Valley Forum: Turning Risk Into Opportunity will showcase the leaders and innovators who have the vision and courage needed to accelerate the transformation to sustainable, equitable, secure – resilient – economies and communities. Join over 200 representatives of investment, business, government, advocacy, sports & entertainment, academia, the arts, and philanthropy, including instrumental leaders in the food and agriculture sector, for three days of inspiration and action to spark new ideas, catalyze collaborations, and develop courageous leadership.
Check out our exciting speaker lineup and register online today!
www.sunvalleyforum.com
PLEASE JOIN US JULY 5-8!
The Sun Valley Forum brings together leaders and innovators who are paving the way in both the public and private sectors, and developing strategies that can scale from the local to global. We hope you can join us to be both informed and inspired, as well as to meet partners and collaborators in building a new resilient world economy and food system. This year’s food-related speakers include Sumer Johal, founder of Agralogics, a platform for food data, informing growers, processors, and sellers and empowering consumers to make good food choices. Also with us is Johnathan Webb, founder and CEO of AppHarvest, bringing the future of farming to the heart of Appalachia, redeveloping coal mine land and creating much-needed jobs. This exciting, highly replicable model of sustainable agriculture has the potential to benefit communities nationwide. We hope you join us! To learn more about the forum, take a look at our website: https://www.sunvalleyforum.com
Is there going to be another sustainable agriculture symposium? Can out of state researchers apply?
ICSA is doing a field day this weekend at McIntyre Family Farms. Sorry for the late notice check out details on flyer. Address is: 10478 Riverside RD
Caldwell ID 83607

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote local and sustainable food communities through research,

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers, and the expansion of local food distribution.

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Building Soil, Community & Nourishment 08/30/2022

Building Soil, Community & Nourishment

Building Soil, Community & Nourishment - https://mailchi.mp/0c58a3eac504/farmer-learning-network-august-newsletter

Building Soil, Community & Nourishment We, the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Ada Soil & Water Conservation District are sponsoring a free lunch featuring locally grown food. Come talk soil health with us, University of Idaho Extension, NRCS and the Soil Keepers crew on Wednesday, August 31, noon at Mallard Park in Caldwel...

Idaho's First Farmer Learning Network 07/20/2022

Idaho's First Farmer Learning Network

Idaho's First Farmer Learning Network - https://mailchi.mp/be1e186b213d/idahos-first-farmer-learning-network

Idaho's First Farmer Learning Network In 2021, the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) launched Idaho’s first educational platform for farmers with funding support from AB InBev. This peer-to-peer platform will facilitate discussions and knowledge sharing between a diversity of growers, researchers, and technical service p...

Grower’s Own Virtual Workshops & Social Hour 02/21/2021

Grower’s Own Virtual Workshops & Social Hour

In lieu of their 12th annual organic farming conference in Idaho, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) is preparing virtual workshops and a Northwest farmer social hour in 2021. The following sessions are being offered at no cost, but participants must register for the event in order to receive the Zoom link.

Workshop for Farmers Interested in Transitioning to Organic
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3-4 pm Mountain Time (2-3 pm Pacific Time)

Workshop for farmers interested in transitioning to organic, hosted by certifiers in the Northwest. Come learn what it takes to become organically certified. This workshop is open to farmers of all sizes. It is best suited for farmers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, but will be applicable to any farmer interested in becoming organically certified following USDA National Organic Program standards.

Come learn from certifiers what to expect and get your questions answered.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmDYQlshbYOjoYWMmoiLTMm4Yh2tKjMsWxJDzFUhCtGYRHEQ/viewform

Grower’s Own Virtual Workshops & Social Hour Registration Form

East Idaho dryland growers dabble in ranching to improve soil health 02/18/2021

East Idaho dryland growers dabble in ranching to improve soil health

Now this is cool and great example of how Idaho farmers (and all farmers) can increase biodiversity on their farms by bringing animals in to their vegetable production, adding cover crops, and eliminating pesticide use.

Thank you Cody and Noel, we hope that more Idaho farmers follow your lead!

https://www.capitalpress.com/state/idaho/east-idaho-dryland-growers-dabble-in-ranching-to-improve-soil-health/article_7350cf7a-8cdd-58d4-ab83-4d37ed220b8c.html

East Idaho dryland growers dabble in ranching to improve soil health SODA SPRINGS, Idaho — Just last fall, Cody and Noel Cole raised a single crop — wheat — and their approach to farming entailed heavy tillage and increasingly frequent fungicide

02/16/2021

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The The Organic Centerer is hosting a webinar on their new organic cotton research which is focused on the of the scientifically backed, full system ecological benefits of organic cotton – from farm to fashion.

By attending you'll also hear from the Organic Trade Association’s Fiber Council on the group’s work to advance organic cotton and other textiles.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8294557802702600972?source=Feb9

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ICL supports Simpson’s comprehensive infrastructure proposal - Idaho Conservation League 02/11/2021

ICL supports Simpson’s comprehensive infrastructure proposal - Idaho Conservation League

Did your hear that congressman Mike Simpson has put together a Northwest in Transition proposal to restore Idaho salmon and invest in communities, jobs, clean energy, and healthy farming economies?

This proposal is bold, comprehensive, and urgently needed for Idahoans and the people of the Northwest and includes river restoration, salmon and steelhead recovery, affordable and clean energy, efficient transportation links, and investments in Idaho’s agriculture, outdoor recreation and tourism industries.

https://www.idahoconservation.org/blog/icl-supports-simpsons-comprehensive-infrastructure-proposal/

ICL supports Simpson’s comprehensive infrastructure proposal - Idaho Conservation League ICL is hopeful that this proposal brings people together to work to benefit communities in Idaho and the Northwest

An Effective Climate Policy that Farmers Can Support 02/09/2021

An Effective Climate Policy that Farmers Can Support

The Palouse capeter of the Citizens Climate Lobby is hosting a webianr and talk about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, is designed to drive down U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 40% in twelve years and by 90% by 2050, using a price on fossil fuel carbon with all net revenue returned to households.

This act has tremendous benefits for farms and farmers and is currentlyr eceiving bipartisan support across Congress.

The webinar and talk are happening on Feb. 10th from 10 AM MST to 1:00 PM MST, click the article to register or learn more!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-effective-climate-policy-that-farmers-can-support-tickets-131633484295designed to drive down U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 40% in twelve years and by 90% by 2050, using a price on fossil fuel carbon with all net revenue returned to households.

An Effective Climate Policy that Farmers Can Support We’ll explain an effective climate policy that asks little of farmers, answer questions, and together develop an endorsement statement.

What Does a Biodiverse Farm Look Like? - SARE 01/28/2021

What Does a Biodiverse Farm Look Like? - SARE

Increasing the biodiversity on your farm has been show to increase yields, develop healthier soil, and create a stronger soil food web.

This article from SARE lays out all some of the key benefits of biodiverse farms

https://www.sare.org/publications/manage-insects-on-your-farm/how-ecologically-based-pest-management-works/what-does-a-biodiverse-farm-look-like/

What Does a Biodiverse Farm Look Like? - SARE What Does a Biodiverse Farm Look Like? Agricultural practices that increase the abundance and diversity of above- and below-ground organisms strengthen your crops’ abilities to withstand pests. In the process, you also improve soil fertility and crop productivity. Diversity on the farm includes th...

How Farmers Can Help Pollinators | NRCS 01/26/2021

How Farmers Can Help Pollinators | NRCS

The National Resource Conservation Service put together a fantastic article on how farmers can help pollinators.

A few highlights of the article are:

Know the habitat on your farm.

Using the illustration as a guide, look for areas on and around your land that can support native bees. Most native bees are solitary or live in small colonies. Bumble, digger, and sweat bees make up the bulk of pollen bees in most parts of the country.

Protect flowering plants and nest sites.
--Once you know where bees are living and foraging, do what you can to protect these resources from disturbance and pesticides.

Enhance habitat with flowering plants and additional nest sites.
-Most bees love sun and prefer to nest in dry places. Nests are created underground, in twigs and debris, and in dead trees or branches. You can add flowers, leave some ground untilled, and provide bee blocks (tunnels drilled into wood) to increase the number of native bees on your farm.

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/plantsanimals/pollinate/farmers/

How Farmers Can Help Pollinators | NRCS Native bees are valuable crop pollinators. The over 3,500 species of native bees (often called pollen bees) help increase crop yields and may serve as important insurance when cultivated European honey bees are hard to come by.

01/24/2021

University of Idaho Agronomists are putting together a cereal school for cereal crop farmers that will be happening on Feb. 2nd and 3rd.

If you are interested in these workshops, please click the link below

https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/news/cereal-school

01/10/2021

Our freidns over at the Ada County Soil and Water Conservation District are starting this awesome project and one that is much needed for Treasure Valley farmers!

https://adaswcd.org/pollinator-project

01/03/2021

This great article from the university of Idaho speaks to our state's long history of small-scale farming and provides an overview of important considerations for prospective farmers when selecting land to start a small ranch or farm on.

https://www.extension.uidaho.edu/publishing/pdf/BUL/BUL932.pdf

12/31/2020

While the number of larger farms continues to grow, small-scale farmers are quitting. Those who survive are increasingly hobby or part-time farmers, who rely on another income to sustain their businesses.

Against the odds, small-scale farmers are learning new ways to survive in an age of industrial-scale competition

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/23/the-good-old-ways-can-we-still-farm-like-our-grandparents?fbclid=IwAR3WahTvZgr-6WSUseycFIjfrcNepZXjqI4jrsFi3v8BtUkM_Bj_eyc3vHw

12/29/2020

The EPA says that about 10 percent of greenhouse gases come from ag production. The Regenerative Agriculture Movement hopes to lower that number with a different style of farming.

Improving soil biodiversity, increasing carbon sequestration, and limiting erosion and degradation of the land are just a few of the goals of the Regenerative Agriculture Movement.

https://www.rfdtv.com/story/43054423/helping-with-conservation-and-improving-communities-with-a-different-type-of-farming?fbclid=IwAR0UTZsg2x8lkqNl6g8ANbzjfwQLTlZdedAWrq4QOeRjWvdjKmEEPDDndTA

12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture! We wish you all the best and are grateful for everyone that supports a sustainable future for Idaho farms and farmers.

12/24/2020

The Produce Safety Alliance is putting on a virtual, two-day grower training on Jan. 12th and 13th.

The course will provide a foundation of FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
Agricultural water testing methods and Microbial Water Quality Profiles
Training tools you can use at your farm or operation!

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. Participants must be at least 14 years of age to receive the AFDO certificate. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training (both days- 1/12 AND 1/13). At the end of the course you will be asked to complete and upload the course evaluation.

Click the link below to learn more and register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remote-delivery-two-day-produce-safety-alliance-psa-grower-training-tickets-126340986291?aff=

12/22/2020

With Idaho's burgeoning beer scene, it's more important than ever for our barley farmers to build healthy soil.

Thankfully, the Natural Resource Defense Council, examines how barley farmers in Southern Idaho can take actions to naturally increase their soil fertility and build a lasting future.

Check it out!

https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/guide-to-healthy-soil-southern-idaho-ib.pdf

12/20/2020

Regional farmers would generally agree commodity markets have been for the birds throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it appears the coronavirus has helped sales of a popular rotation crop raised on dry land throughout Eastern Idaho, safflower, take flight lately.

American Falls-based Mountain States Oilseeds is the nation’s No. 1 supplier of safflower seed used in birdseed mixes. The business’s safflower sales have risen by nearly 40 percent since the pandemic started, said owner Bill Meadows.

It's really cool to see an Idaho-based farm do so well during these challenging times.

12/17/2020

ADM, a global leader in nutrition and partner to the world’s leading consumer brands, today released its view on the five food and beverage trends that will impact the way consumers eat and drink in the new year.

And there are definitely opportunities for farmers that provide these raw materials to distributors and food manufacturers alike to take advantage of these trends.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201027005626/en/Top-Five-Global-Trends-that-Will-Shape-the-Food-Industry-in-2021

12/16/2020

The benefits of regenerative agriculture go beyond building healthy, resilient soil that creates healthy, resilient plants.

This story breaks down how regenerative ag can help store carbon in the soil.

Check it out!

12/13/2020

On December 4th, leaders of national farm organizations met with the Biden transition team to discuss a host of ag issues and offer priorities for the incoming administration to address.

"As part of a continuing dialogue around the needs of farmers and rural communities, several agricultural leaders met today with leaders from President-Elect Biden’s USDA transition team," the group said Friday in a statement. "We appreciate the transition team’s interest in hearing from farm and agricultural organizations as they work to build a foundation for agriculture within the Biden Administration."

The CEO Council shared a white paper of priorities with the Biden campaign this summer. Its top three priorities included COVID testing and vaccinations for processing/supply chain workers; "sustained, well-funded, effective and predictable" language in the upcoming farm bill; and ratifying trade agreements with new and existing markets.

12/10/2020

A great and potentially new resource to many Pacific NW farmers is The Pacific Northwest Soil Survey Regional Office, located in Portland, OR which provides soil data quality assurance, technical guidance, and field assistance to soil scientists as part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS).

The Pacific NW Soil Survey Regional Office is area of responsibility includes the forests and croplands of western Oregon and Washington, the wheat and range lands of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and all of Alaska.

On their website you can get soil survey information, access technical resources to help you build soil health and learn about soil health from the perspective of soil scientists.

Check out their work!

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/or/soils/?cid=nrcs142p2_045933

12/09/2020

We wanted to share this exciting job opportunity for the VP of Sustainability role at Dairy West whose goal is to have the world see dairy the way see it: as a key ingredient in the health and prosperity of our planet.

Dairy West forges industry partnerships to hosting community events and seeks to deliver impactful information and experiences that can help secure a brighter future for us all. The organization thrives on big ideas, and strives to create an environment in which the dairy community is a positive change-maker.

Forward this job posting to someone you know someone with a decade or more in sustainability in the dairy industry.

https://dairywest.com/uploads/Dairy-West-VP-Sustainability-Job-Description.pdf

How Netherlands agriculture is feeding the world - Sensoterra | Sensoterra 12/05/2020

How Netherlands agriculture is feeding the world - Sensoterra | Sensoterra

The Netherlands are using technology to become a farming giant as tthe rise of Dutch agriculture in global markets is a true example of how the future of farming could evolve.

The adoption of precision agriculture techniques has led the country's agriculture to another baseline, currently ranked as the second biggest agricultural exporter in the world, just behind the U.S.

In a 2017 National Geographic article, Frank Viviano approaches multiple smart farming techniques, such as drones and soil health management with soil moisture sensors, LED-light crops, and many other tools that served as pillars for this ascension.

Could this be a model that we use in the U.S.?

How Netherlands agriculture is feeding the world - Sensoterra | Sensoterra The rise of Netherlands agriculture in global markets is a true example of how the future of farming could evolve.

Organic food sales rose 31 percent from 2016-2019 12/03/2020

Organic food sales rose 31 percent from 2016-2019

Idaho organic farmers rejoice as the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2019 organic survey shows continued growth in the organic food movement!

Sales of certified organic food products in the United States increased by 31 percent, to $9.9 billion, from 2016-2019, according to recently released USDA data.

The number of certified organic operations in the U.S. rose by 17 percent, to 16,585, during that time, and land used for organic production increased by 9 percent, to 5.5 million acres.

Idaho recorded $206 million in total organic sales last year, ranking the state No. 10 in the nation in that category. Idaho also ranked No. 10 in total certified organic acres with 181,000.

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About | Acres Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show 11/30/2020

About | Acres Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

We're excited to share the annual Acres Eco-Ag Conference with you.

In its 45th year, the Eco-Ag conference sets the standard for innovation and learning in modern agriculture. The educational experience and trade show unites farmers, ranchers and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise.

Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms – as well as those in transition from conventional to organic – will walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away.

And for the first-time in its history, the Eco-Ag conference will be 100% virtual from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4th.

About | Acres Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show To our Acres U.S.A. Community: For the first time in 45 years, we will not be having an in-person Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show this year in December. The COVID-19 pandemic made it logistically and…

Health care, farmworker organizations to distribute face masks to farmworkers 11/22/2020

Health care, farmworker organizations to distribute face masks to farmworkers

Family Medicine Health Center received a grant from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to purchase 5,000 cloth face masks for Treasure Valley farmworkers.

Thousands of Idaho agricultural workers, many who are considered “high-risk,” are in desperate need of face masks to help protect themselves and their families from contracting or spreading COVID-19, the health center announced.

The center will distribute the masks in partnership with the Community Council of Idaho at its Caldwell location, 317 Happy Day Blvd., at 9 a.m. Nov. 19.

So if you are a farmer or farm hand in the Canyon county area, stop by to grab a free face mask.

Health care, farmworker organizations to distribute face masks to farmworkers CALDWELL — Family Medicine Health Center received a grant from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to purchase 5,000 cloth face masks for Treasure Valley farmworkers.

Idaho Rural Water Association named 2020 State Association of the Year 11/19/2020

Idaho Rural Water Association named 2020 State Association of the Year

In another nice win for Idaho agricullture, the Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) recently earned the 2020 State Association of the Year Award in the Awards of Excellence competition awarded by National Rural Water Association (NRWA).

This is the second time IRWA has earned this award since its incorporation in Idaho in 1987.

Idaho Rural Water Association named 2020 State Association of the Year BOISE — Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) earns the 2020 State Association of the Year Award in the Awards of Excellence competition awarded by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). This

Farmer's Almanac predicts wet winter for Idaho 11/17/2020

Farmer's Almanac predicts wet winter for Idaho

The Farmers' Almanac is calling for a wet winter for Idaho's Farmers.

Farmer's Almanac predicts wet winter for Idaho The almanac should have plenty of believers throughout Idaho farming country in its recently released full 2020-2021 winter weather forecast, which calls for above-normal snowfall throughout Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Page not found - Organic Farming Research Foundation 11/15/2020

Page not found - Organic Farming Research Foundation

If you are a current farmer that is thinking about transitioning to organic or someone who is considering entering the world of farming, then we highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

https://ofrf.org/

Page not found - Organic Farming Research Foundation Phone: 831-426-6606 303 Potrero Street, Suite 29-201, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Mailing address: P.O. Box 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Northwest co-op builds for a local food future beyond big ag 11/12/2020

Northwest co-op builds for a local food future beyond big ag

Are you familiar with LINC - the Local Inland Northwest Cooperative out of Spokane Washington.

LINC is part of a growing nationwide network of local food companies that work with small farmers to help them reach bigger markets. These so-called food hubs allow producers to spend less time marketing and selling at venues like farmers markets and more time growing the food itself. LINC is unusual in that, unlike most food hubs, it is cooperatively owned by the workers who run it and the farmers who grow the produce it sells.

Over the last 6 years LINC has been building out a food distribution network from Moscow, Idaho, to Pullman, Washington, delivering food to restaurants and health food stores in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, Idaho, as well as in the Spokane area.

We love these types of models as they provide additional distribution networks to farmers and provide quality produce to people that need it.

https://www.hcn.org/issues/52.11/north-food-northwest-co-op-builds-for-a-local-food-future-beyond-big-ag?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

Northwest co-op builds for a local food future beyond big ag ‘I’ve always felt like this was something to do in case the world doesn’t end.’

A key to slowing climate change may lie in Idaho soils - Boise State News 11/09/2020

A key to slowing climate change may lie in Idaho soils - Boise State News

Well this is pretty darn awesome as research that is being done in Idaho (as well as Wyoming and New Mexico) may help identify the potential that dryland soils have in storing carbon as storing carbon in soil is one of the key solutions to reversing global warming.

Pierce wants to determine if augmenting drylands soils with calcium, a process that removes carbon dioxide from the air and stores it in a more permanent way as calcium carbonate underground, could be one weapon against climate change — one that could be applied around the world. Her team is studying the soil and measuring the presence of carbon dioxide in Kimberly near Twin Falls and Reynolds Creek in Owyhee County, both sites associated with United States Department of Agriculture research stations.

We're excited to see the results of this crucial project.

https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2020/10/08/a-key-to-slowing-climate-change-may-lie-in-idaho-soils/

A key to slowing climate change may lie in Idaho soils - Boise State News Drylands, informally known as rangelands, occupy about 40 percent of the Earth’s surface. Dryland is...

10/31/2020

Cover Cropping – Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems – CSU, Chico

One of the key methods in regenerative farming is using cover crops at the end of every season or at the end of the full season to restore vita nutrients such as potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and nitrogen to your soils.

Cover cropping also provides benefits outside of soil health restoration such as reducing w**d pressure, improved soil structure, and increased carbon sequestration.

It takes some time to fully implement cover cropping into your farm and as the following article highlights, there are some fantastic mentors that you can learn how to implement cover crops into your farm and begin the journey to regenerative agriculture.

To learn more from these experienced farmers, watch one of the videos that is highlighted in the article.

Cover Cropping – Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems – CSU, Chico Cover cropping is used to keep the soil protected with plants that may or may not be used as an additional cash crop. The main purpose is to increase soil fertility and soil quality; to manage soil erosion; improve water retention; manage w**ds, pests, and diseases; and to increase biodiversity and....

Be a #YoungFarmerVoter 10/31/2020

Be a #YoungFarmerVoter

The National Young Farmers Coalition has started a young farmers vote initiative to make sure that voices of young farmers throughout the country are heard by our politicians.

The 2020 election has brought on a new set of questions and challenges for voters across the country. It can be difficult to find reliable voter education information, especially in rural areas where many young farmers and ranchers live and work. That's why we're sharing our hub.

You can easily check your voter registration, find options for how and where to vote, and learn more about the candidates on your ballot. Then make a plan to be a and share with your community on social!

To learn more about this initiative click on the link in this article

Be a #YoungFarmerVoter I'm a ! Check out key voter information here from to be a too!

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