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Friday, December 6 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Regenerative Agriculture

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Biodiversity is foundational to the health and resiliency of agriculture. A diverse ecosystem of organisms in the soil and crops drives critical farm functions including nutrient cycling, pest control, pollination and many others. However, biodiversity is on the decline globally. Agriculture has a major role to play in restoring biodiversity and protecting life as we know it. Making major improvements to agriculture requires a new mindset, one that regenerates biodiversity. General Mills is supporting a small but growing revolution in agriculture. Known as Regenerative Agriculture, this farmer-led initiative employs a set of principles to restore soil health and agroecosystem function. The principles include minimizing physical and chemical disturbance, diverse cropping systems, continuous cover on the soil, maintaining a living root, and integrating livestock where possible. Regenerative agriculture practices restore the health of agroecosystems and may help bridge the transition to organic. This session will describe how General Mills is supporting regenerative agriculture in our supply chain and how we are using an outcomes-based approach to measure real improvements to biodiversity, farmer economic resiliency and soil health. This session will dive into the ecological principles underpinning regenerative agriculture and discuss how these principles apply equally to supporting organic agriculture.


Jim Olaf Eckberg

Research Agronomist, General Mills

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Doug Crabtree

Farmer, Vilicus Farms
MOA Board - Executive Committee, Chair

Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am MST
Frontier Room

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