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HPJ Talk is a weekly podcast featuring commentary and news for farmers, ranchers, and those who live and work in the High Plains.

Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad emphasizes the importance of producing healthy soil, and provides important tips and insights from industry leaders on the topic of soil health and regenerative agriculture.

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HPJ Talk is a weekly podcast featuring commentary and news for farmers, ranchers, and those who live and work in the High Plains.

Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad emphasizes the importance of producing healthy soil, and provides important tips and insights from industry leaders on the topic of soil health and regenerative agriculture.

#RideWithUs #HighPlainsJournal #GreatPlainsRegeneration #SoilHealth << Show Less
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KDA Division of Conservation: Central Region feat. Chad Basinger Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the third of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation. Chad Basinger is a KDA Divison of Conservation representative for the Central Kansas region. In this episode, Chad shares how he got started farming and developed interest in soil health practices, the unique challenges farmers face in central Kansas, how the Conservation District helps educate farmers and producers on soil health and regenerative practices, and more.  Chad Basinger is a farmer and rancher from Pretty Prairie, Kansas. He has worked with the Conservation District, NRCS and the Cheney Lake Watershed on multiple projects over the years to make conservation improvements. Basinger is a consistent voice for sustainable agriculture, whether supporting programs and good land stewardship locally or traveling to Washington D.C. to advocate to our lawmakers.  Alongside his wife, Cassondra, he owns Basinger Land & Cattle.  They grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum and manage a cow-calf herd and background and finish calves. Basinger and his wife have 4 children and are actively involved in their community and  their church.  Chad Basinger has served on the Reno County Conservation District board since 2019 and is currently the cice-chairperson of the board.  He has served on the Reno County Farm Bureau Board for 9 years, the Reno County Cattleman’s Board of Directors for 3 years and the Garden Plain Farmer’s Cooperative for 6 years, including a tenure as board president.
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KDA Division of Conservation: Central Region feat. Chad Basinger Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the third of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation. Chad Basinger is a KDA Divison of Conservation representative for the Central Kansas region. In this episode, Chad shares how he got started farming and developed interest in soil health practices, the unique challenges farmers face in central Kansas, how the Conservation District helps educate farmers and producers on soil health and regenerative practices, and more.  Chad Basinger is a farmer and rancher from Pretty Prairie, Kansas. He has worked with the Conservation District, NRCS and the Cheney Lake Watershed on multiple projects over the years to make conservation improvements. Basinger is a consistent voice for sustainable agriculture, whether supporting programs and good land stewardship locally or traveling to Washington D.C. to advocate to our lawmakers.  Alongside his wife, Cassondra, he owns Basinger Land & Cattle.  They grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum and manage a cow-calf herd and background and finish calves. Basinger and his wife have 4 children and are actively involved in their community and  their church.  Chad Basinger has served on the Reno County Conservation District board since 2019 and is currently the cice-chairperson of the board.  He has served on the Reno County Farm Bureau Board for 9 years, the Reno County Cattleman’s Board of Directors for 3 years and the Garden Plain Farmer’s Cooperative for 6 years, including a tenure as board president.
KDA Division of Conservation: Western Region feat. Michael Thompson Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the second of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation. MIchael Thompson is a KDA Divison of Conservation representative for the Western Kansas region. In this episode, Michael shares his thoughts on why and how we can better manage our soil, mitigating erosion and declining water, the unique challenges farmers face in western Kansas, and more. Michael farms in partnership as Thompson Farm and Ranch LLC with his brother Brian and father Richard. The operation is located in Northeast Norton County near Almena, KS.  They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat.  They also manage a cow/calf beef herd that rotationally grazes on native range and diverse cover crops grown on farmland when there is not a cash grain crop growing.  The operation is 100 percent no-till with a focus on increasing biology, soil cover, water holding capacity, and carbon levels of the soils they manage.   The last several years Thompson Farm & Ranch has been below their normal precipitation but still has been able to produce good yields in grain crops while providing enough forage for the cattle herd. The change in land management on Thompson Farm & Ranch has made a difference in surviving the years of less than normal rainfall. He is a board member for Kansas Soil Health Alliance as well as No-Till on the Plains.
KDA Division of Conservation: Eastern Region feat. Rod Vorhees and Daryl Donohue Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This is the first of three episodes highlighting the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Conservation. Rod Vorhees and Daryl Donohue are KDA Divison of Conservation representatives for the Eastern and Southeastern regions of the state of Kansas. In this episode, they share their thoughts on the importance soil conservation and conservation partnerships, and the unique needs and challenges for soil health and conservation in their part of the state.  For nearly three decades, awareness of soil health and of implementing conservation practices to encourage healthier soil have been promoted at both the local and the state level by Rod Vorhees.  Vorhees is the chairman of the Wilson County Conservation District, and he serves as the chairman of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s State Conservation Commission (SCC). He has provided leadership, and first-hand knowledge of working on the land, during sessions with soil carbon organization representatives and through contact with soil health organizations at forage plots and land health monitoring locations.  Rod Vorhees’ family’s ranching operation, Lazy VJ Farms, located near Coyville, was recognized with the 2017 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award.   A native of Fredonia, Kansas, Daryl Donohue serves as treasurer of the Wilson County Conservation District Board of Supervisors.  He serves as Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) Area V Director.  Donohue is a rancher in northern Wilson County, Kansas, and he has been utilizing growing season burns, or “summer” burns, as a management practice for about many years.  He actively promotes the use of prescribed burning to prevent cedar tree encroachment and to assist landowners and producers in recovering land invaded by cedar trees and, while doing so, encouraging native grasses and forbs to repopulate and thrive.
You Can't Buy Soil Health: Focusing on the Principles, Integrating Livestock, and More feat. Macauley Kincaid Macauley Kincaid joins us on the Soil Solutions podcast to discuss how focusing on the pricinciples of soil health is vital for your operation, how integrating livestock helps produce healthier soil, the importance of self-education, how soil health impacts life beyond farming, and more.  This episode is jam-packed with tons of great knowledge and info you certainly don't want to miss!
Water Infiltration, Crop Diversity, and The Impact of Your Soil feat. Christie Apple Today Christie Apple joins us on Soil Solutions to discuss the importance of soil health and regenerative ag education, how your decisions impact your operation's soil, and her thoughts about water infiltration, cover crops, and crop diversity. Christie Apple, also known as 'CropScout Christie' on social media platforms, has been serving the agricultural community for the past 13 years. Leaning deeply on her customer service and communication skills, she's built her reputation as being an ag sales powerhouse with a heart to educate and engage folks both inside and outside of the agricultural universe.    Although in her formative years, she predominantly worked with a traditional row crop region, she has widely expanded her consultative role into vineyards, orchards, hemp, and numerous other specialty crop scenarios. Having a particular interest in soil health since day 1 in the industry, Christie has expanded her agronomic expertise and coaching to farms as they set out on their journey to transition their farming operations to regenerative or organic practices.    She's been engaging the public via social media for years sharing her adventures, and agronomy tid bits in the hopes of inspiring, educating and bringing light to other ways to farm. The past few years, she has also begun coaching and mentoring blossoming agronomists along their way to success, uncovering areas of professional development and emotional support for women looking to build a fulfilling career in ag.   Through her social media engagement, and mentoring, Christie has made it her mission to leverage her reach to encourage women to not just enter ag field, but to stay!
Is Soil Health Fake News? feat. Gail Fuller Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad. Today's episode features Gail Fuller.  Gail shares his experience with using cover crops and soil health practices over the years. He shares the importance of the process of learning (and unlearning) farming practices that promote healthy soil, putting soil health ideas into practice, and educating others on the importance and value of healthy soil as well as the significant impact it has on the world. Gail has been experimenting with no-till since the mid-1980's and has been 100% since 1995. The further he gets into his journey, the more regenerating soil health has become his main focus. “The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself” (FDR) is one of his favorite quotes and one he lives by! Gail thinks the way to grow soil is through biodiversity. He believes diversity, both above and below ground, are key to growing healthy soil. Besides annual cover crops he uses companion crops and perennial cover crops.  When it comes to livestock, again, diversity is key. He uses cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks to graze his covers utilizing intensive rotational or “mob” grazing. “The key to no-till is cover, and the key to covers is livestock.”  When Gail started looking into what it would mean for his family farm to be ecologically regenerative, he found himself learning the science behind soil life, photosynthesis, and the carbon, mineral and water cycles. He also started finding direct correlations between the health of the soil and his own health. His exploration led him to organize an annual "Field School" that draws speakers and guests from around the world to share the latest knowledge on regenerative agricultural practices.  For Gail, Regenerative Agriculture is not just regenerating soil, but the (re)growing of communities. This includes human, wildlife, and microbial communities. Helping to make them stronger and more resilient.
Restoring Resilience and Profitability with Agro-ecology feat. Nicole Masters In this episode of the Soil Solutions Podcast, Nicole Masters joins us to discuss using agroecology to find out what your soil needs to restore resilience and profitability with your operation. Nicole is an agro-ecologist, educator and systems thinker with nearly 20 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative land practices.  She has been communicating these methods throughout Australasia since 2003 and North America (2013); helping to inspire and guide producers into new and innovative ways to produce food. Nicole has a large commitment to finding win-win solutions for both the wellbeing of landscapes and landmanagers. As a seasoned soils coach, she has a proven record in supporting producers in meeting their goals. With over 1.2 million acres under her programs, Nicole excels at identifying and solving challenges through proactive management. Her passion for fostering the growth of these farming practices calls upon diverse skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, an understanding of behavioral change and science communication. With soil as a major driver for ecosystem health, Nicole has worked closely with diverse production sectors from; dairy, sheep & beef, viticulture, compost, nurseries, market gardens, racing studs, lifestyle blocks to large-scale cropping. Working with such diverse clients has fostered a broad knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing different production systems. Nicole has devised and delivered educational programs for a wide range of organizations; consultants, businesses, landcare and extension services.
Regenerative Ag, Relay Cropping, and Cover Crops with Mitchell Hora Welcome back to Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad.  This episode features Mitchell Hora, a 7th generation farmer and entrepreneur from southeast Iowa.  In 2015, while studying Agronomy and Ag Systems Technology at Iowa State, Mitchell launched Continuum Ag, which now houses the largest private soil health dataset and has amassed a footprint of over 40 states and 16 countries.  The Hora's implement a wide array of conservation practices including diverse cover crops, relay cropping, diverse cropping systems, no-till, and conduct a wide array of data-driven trials.  For their efforts, Mitchell and his father, Brian, have been named to the "Soil Health Champions" list from the National Association of Conservation Districts.  Mitchell has been named to the Forbes Under 30 List, the AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, and was voted the "Rising Star" by his peers in the Amplify Network at Brookside Labs.  From the beginning, Mitchell has focused on helping farmers to improve their holistic management system, focusing on both soil and economic resiliency. His life mission is to be a catalyst for regenerative relationships and a shepherd for God's creation. To further the sustainable ag effort, Mitchell co-hosts a conservation-focused podcast, Field Work, which is produced by American Public Media.  The podcast has reached over 1,000,000 downloads in its first three seasons on the air.
The Past, Present, and Future of Soil Health with Dr. Jerry Hatfield Welcome to the first episode of Soil Solutions with Jessica Gnad! Dr. Jerry Hatfield joins us to discuss the increasing importance of soil health. Dr. Hatfield is the retired Director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. His focus has been on the evaluation of farming systems and their response to water and nitrogen interactions across soils and remote sensing methods to quantify field variation. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more about Soil Health U at www.soilhealthu.net This podcast is produced by High Plains Journal, in partnership with Great Plains Regeneration.
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