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Surviving Hard Times

Feb 8, 2024

The more scientists study traditional agriculture, the less sustainable it seems. Instead, experts are pivoting toward regenerative farming practices, which puts soil health and stewardship first. What are the benefits of regenerative agriculture? Michelle M. Wander, a soil scientist with more than 30 years of experience, joins the podcast to explain…

Michelle is the Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program and Associate Professor of Soil Fertility/Ecology at the University of Illinois. Additionally, she is the Director of the Wander Soil Ecology Lab. As a specialist in agroecology and agricultural sustainability research, she is committed to better understanding the science behind organic farming and ecological soil management.  

In this conversation, we explore:

  • What regenerative farming is, and how it can balance productivity and sustainability. 
  • How to develop nutrient-rich soil.
  • Why soil degradation occurs, and how to mitigate it. 
  • How water management can impact soil fertility.

To learn more about Michelle and her work, visit the Wander Soil Ecology Lab here!

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