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Train a Farmer, Feed a Nation

Retired professor, soil health scientist Warren Dick and his organization are building an agricultural university and training center to help fight food insecurity in Ethiopia.

Retired professor, soil health scientist Warren Dick and his organization are building an agricultural university and training center to help fight food insecurity in Ethiopia. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.


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Danish Farmer Adopts No-Till Practice as Solution to Multiple Challenges

Knud Bay-Smidt says local solutions, innovation are keys to agricultural sustainability.

The total number of no-till acres grew a whopping 1,440% in Denmark from 2016 to 2019. Knud Bay-Smidt is among those adopting the practice on his farm. With 35 years of experience under his belt, he’s prepared for just about any challenge that comes his way. Now he’s calling on local leadership to help guide the way for others. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.


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South African No-Tiller Enjoying Above Average Yields on Below Average Soils

Bergville farmer overcame climate, soil challenges by switching to no-till 20 years ago

South African no-tiller Egon Zunckel is always grappling with erratic weather patterns on his farm in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal. On average, Zunckel gets roughly 36 inches of rain per year, but it’s not uncommon to go 4 months without a single drop during the winter. That’s one of several reasons why he went 100% no-till 20 years ago. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.


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Body of Knowledge: Digging Into Noteworthy No-Till Literature

While no-till, cover crops and other conservation ag principles are very much in the news these days, a look back at the no-till literature from both the near and distant past reminds us that these important concepts are not new — yet there is much left to explore.

In the February 2022 issue of No-Till Farmer’s Conservation Tillage Guide, retired ag engineer Randall Reeder of Ohio State University and retired USDA soil scientist Don Reicosky shared the outcomes of a survey they conducted to identify the most significant works in no-till research and literature.


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Women Landowners Arm for Conservation Push

Growing number of women landowners seek role in land operational decisions, helped by federally funded outreach programs.

Ruth Rabinowitz had a problem.
The long-time professional wedding photographer inherited hundreds of acres of fertile farmland in Iowa and South Dakota from her deceased father, David Rabinowitz, a Great Depression-era doctor, who invested heavily in Iowa farmland between 1978 and the mid 1990s.


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‘Going Nuclear’ on Soil Erosion Losses in Uganda

The livelihoods of millions of Uganda citizens is rooted in the highlands — the mountainous or elevated regions of the East African country. These regions play a significant role in agriculture, which is the main source of income for many Ugandans, including for 70% of working women. These regions are also recognized as one of the key hotspots where land degradation, due to soil erosion, is rampant. The No-Till Passport series is brought to you by Martin Industries.
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