Top 10 Webinars #9: Soil Conservation: The Foundation for Efficient Agriculture

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The last few posts in this Top 10 Most-Watched Webinars series have focused on specific agriculture and conservation practices. This time there’s a bigger-picture view in store, one that shows just how important it is to start changing practices in the first place. Today’s webinar is “Soil Conservation: The Foundation for Efficient Agriculture,” hosted by Jerry Hatfield, lab director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.

Here are some take-home points:

1. Food demand is increasing hugely … but land available for food production is decreasing, and agricultural lands everywhere show soil degradation.

2. Climate change isn’t a gradual uniform increase in temperature. It has different consequences in different situations, and a whole lot of those consequences look to be very dire indeed.

3. Resilience to changing climate will require good soils and good soil conservation, including cover crops and no-till.

Watch the webinar here.

– Alex Kirstukas

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