Saturday, January 18 • 10:30am - 12:15pm
Keynote Address: A Pasture View on Restoring Carbon to Our Soil - Jason Rowntree

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Seventy percent of the world’s terrestrial carbon is stored in land, which is three-fold more carbon than contained in the atmosphere. Because of tillage or overgrazing, roughly half of the pre-Green Revolution soil carbon has been eroded. This soil loss has caused challenges to functioning water cycles combined with increases in sedimentation and eutrophication in large water bodies.

To counter these agriculture challenges, there is growing research that indicate there are agriculture practices that can actually restore large amounts of carbon back into the soil while improving water cycling. These agriculture practices are considered ‘regenerative’ because they leave the land improved from an ecosystem service standpoint.

Is regenerative agriculture the silver bullet in terms of agriculture’s future and climate mitigation? This notion will be discussed by the presentation of a series of datasets from Lake City AgBioResearch Center, Michigan State University along with case studies performed on regenerative farms in the United States.

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Jason Rowntree

Michigan State University
Jason Rowntree is an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University. He coordinates Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $6 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other... Read More →

Saturday January 18, 2020 10:30am - 12:15pm
Terrace Ballroom - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

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