Episode Summary

Mark Liebig, Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND shares with us some of his insights on crop diversity.

Episode Notes

USDA-ARS Soil Scientist Dr. Mark Liebig shares with us his insights on crop diversity and the benefits of dynamic cropping systems.

About the Show

The Soil Health Labs are located in the Environmental Health Sciences Department in the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. That may be surprising to most, especially since the University of South Carolina has no Ag School! Our mission is to promote soil health, not only as something that’s good for the farmer and the environment, but we also want to highlight soil health as a public health tool. Think about it. Healthy soils and healthy crops, mean healthy farmers and consumers, never mind an ever-improving environment. One idea we are embracing is that of Regenerative Farming where we embrace the idea that if farmers change the way they manage the soils, they can actually improve, or regenerate environmental conditions through less disturbance, keeping soils covered with residue or canopies, keeping live roots I the soil year round and be reintroducing animals into the whole system. While we cut our teeth promoting soil health through video and social media (Soil Stories; Under Cover farmers: Science of Soil Health; Merit or Myth) we do have several research and outreach projects that we are doing with farmers in South Carolina.