Episode #65: Jay Fuhrer
Play • 1 hr 16 min

Jay Fuhrer is a Conservationist & veteran Soil Health Specialist from the Natural Resources Conservation Services, located out of Bismarck, North Dakota. With over 4 decades of experience, Jay’s work has been critical to the widespread implementation of regenerative agriculture across the globe. Of his many contributions, Jay is most known for developing the 5 Soil Health Principles: establishing soil armor, minimizing soil disturbance, continuing live plant and root presence, and integrating livestock grazing systems.

Throughout their conversation, Jay and John discuss:

  • Jay’s early years at the NRCS, and his desire to move forward with agriculture’s best interest at heart.
  • The story of how Jay and his colleagues started a 150-acre demonstration farm with a focus on natural resource education.
  • Examples of new research and discoveries being made at Menoken Farm, including the implications of water hydrology systems and the power of encouraging soil biology.
  • Jay’s observations from conducting Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis and measuring infiltration rates over the years.
  • Assisting growers by “starting with the geology” and how Jay’s soil recommendations are rooted in the history of the land.
  • Proper livestock integration and the benefits of diversity when it comes to grazing.
  • The shortcomings of agricultural system labels and Jay’s reasoning for working with growers of all backgrounds.
  • Jay’s concerns with shrinking native range land in the Dakotas and why he believes it is an ecosystem that we should maintain into the future. 
More episodes
Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu