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The way we farm, and the kind of farming our food choices support, has great potential to enhance human health and mitigate climate change. Soil health is the foundation for all agricultural systems, while management practices are the tools that help us increase the health of our soils.

Regenerative agricultural system approaches focus on soil biology and utilize integrated, dynamic principles to address fertility, pest, and disease issues. These regenerative systems have the potential to leverage increased soil organic matter to feed soil biology.

This presentation will discuss crop diversity—including perennials, annuals, and cover and companion crops—reduced soil disturbance, and managed grazing, to increase profitability by maximizing nutrient and water use efficiencies.

Cosponsors: Big River Farms, Land Stewardship Project, St. Croix River Association, and Renewing the Countryside.

Speaker Profile: Dr. Kris Nichols, Soil Microbiologist | KRIS Systems Education & Consultation

Dr. Kris Nichols is a nationally-recognized leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy crops, food, people, and the planet. Formerly Rodale Institute’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Nichols is the founder and principal scientist of KRIS (Knowledge for Regeneration and Innovation in Soils) Systems Education & Consultation.

She also works with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on a project to reduce the economic risks in transitioning to regenerative agriculture. Kris participates on a Regenerative Agriculture Advisory Board with General Mills, a Regenerative Supply Chain Working Group with Green America, and on the Advisory Board for the Real Organic Project.

Dr. Nichols’ current focus is addressing current and future agricultural needs by building on soil health to identify biological methods for agricultural production and developing tools and practices to reduce pest issues, soil erosion, fossil fuel use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Kris has given over 300 invited presentations to a wide variety of audiences throughout the world, authored or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications including two book chapters, been cited or interviewed for more than 50 magazine or newspaper articles, and been highlighted in several books.

Kris received a Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant Biology and in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota in 1995, a Master’s degree in Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland in 2003. In recognition of her work, Dr. Nichols has received several awards including the 2012 Conservation Research Award from the International Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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