Co-Sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA)
“Can Dirt Save the Earth?” asked the New York Times. “What’s the big deal about soil? Everything,” posited Beef Magazine. “One million acres with healthy soil practices by 2030,” pledged General Mills.This webinar will explain why funders, farmers, policymakers and major food businesses are rallying around the issue of soil health – a topic that turns out to be both inspiring and exciting. Soil health is mentioned 47 times in the 2018 farm bill, and legislation to promote soil health is pending or has passed in 12 states.Across the US, a cultural shift is afoot on farms too. Producers are talking about the health of their soil, and many are taking steps to improve it. Soil is increasingly seen as more than just a medium for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), and roots, but a living entity and a valuable ally. By thinking about biology instead of chemistry, producers are fostering biologically active soils, increasing their resilience to extreme weather, and reducing their inputs.
Greg Horner, consultant, Regenerative Agriculture Foundation
Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Wendell Gilgert, working lands program director, Point Blue Conservation Science
NOTE: This is the second part in a series of opportunities to learn about regenerative agriculture and its connections to climate change adaptation and mitigation. There will be multiple workshops on this topic at the 2019 SAFSF Forum (June 18-20 in Pittsburgh, PA), including a concurrent workshop (Philanthropy at the Nexus of Agriculture, Soil, Climate, Health & Water) and a two-hour funder-only in-depth session related to regenerative agriculture and opportunities to support the soil health movement (Soil Health, Climate Change Mitigation, and Regenerative Agriculture). Stay tuned for additional related webinars as well!
Registration for these webinars is limited to funders only.
Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually.