A Climate Reckoning In The Heartland
A historic flood in March 2019 left much of America's heartland under water. Particularly hard-hit were Midwestern grain farmers, and climate experts say storms of increasing intensity could be the new normal. An industry already struggling to bounce back from the Chinese trade war must now grapple with the realities of climate change that threaten to change the future of farming forever. Now, some farmers are hoping they can be part of the the solution, by implementing practices that could potentially reverse the effects of climate change – and provide a bigger profit. In this CBS Reports, Adam Yamaguchi travels to Nebraska, where he meets two farmers on different paths, both determined to pass their legacies on to the next generation.
The Solution Lies In The Soil
Regenerative agriculture allows farmers to become more resilient through climate extremes. Regenerative farming and ranching practices used in Nebraska include minimizing tillage, muilti-species cover cropping, multiple crop rotations, relay cropping, implementation of livestock back onto the soil accompanied by holistic grazing practices, agro-forestry with tree intercropping, silvopasture on grazing lands, and degraded rangeland restoration.
RegeNErate Nebraska is focused on agricultural and environmental solutions that will grow our communities from the soil up. RegeNErate Nebraska is a hub for communities, producers, and organizations across Nebraska to collaborate and build a unified and intersectional regenerative movement. RegeNErate Nebraska envisions a full transition to a regenerative and healthy food system for all Nebraskans.
RegeNErate Nebraska's Regeneration Proclamation & Regenerative Resource Guide is a statement about the future of agriculture in Nebraska, as well as a guide that helps you support your Nebraska regenerative farmers and supporting businesses.
This multi-species diverse prairie creates happy cows and healthy soils, which store a lot of carbon.
In more arid areas like the Nebraska Sandhills holistic grazing management practices can improve native grass production,
which sinks more carbon, as well as creates more feed for the cattle.
Agro-forestry practices such as alley cropping help farmers grow more food per acre
and protect the soil from wind and water erosion.
Regenerative ag is not only for rural farmers but is also about replenishing underutilized urban spaces
and eliminating food access barriers.