Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils- Hope for: Farming, Ranching, Nutrition, Environment, Health and Climate!
Molecular biologist David C. Johnson and his wife, Hui-Chun Su Johnson, will cover the construction, filling, and management of the Johnson-Su static pile composting bioreactor. They will discuss:
• How this composting process creates a fungal-dominant, biologically diverse compost inoculant that can be used to jump start soil biology and increase crop production.
• The composting do’s and don’ts for producing a biologically diverse compost end product
• Best practices and preferred methodologies for applying the compost in scaled farming operations.
About The Presenter
David is a molecular biologist conducting research as Research Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM and an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University, Chico, CA https://www.csuchico.edu/regenerativeagriculture/ . He works with growers, and researchers from: Arizona State University, Texas A&M, California State University, Chico; University of North Texas, Colorado State University, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Globetrotter Foundation, the Thornburg Foundation and the Sequoia Farm Foundation the Laird Foundation, and the Mighty-Arrow Family Foundation exploring paths to improve food security, reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and increase farm and rangeland productivity and profitability through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities.
David's research, in soil microbial community structure and function, has opened a window for viewing the interdependence between plants and soil microbes. Optimization of these plant-microbe associations promotes:
• Restoration of soil fertility,
• Improved growth of crops, and
• Increased plant-water-use efficiency, soil microbial-carbon-use efficiencies and soil carbon storage capabilities.
These benefits provide a path to significantly increase farm and ranch productivity and profitability while also promoting better plant, soil and ecosystem health. Rebuilding a soil’s microbial community population, structure, diversity and biological functionality will also provide a robust and practical mechanism to begin reducing atmospheric CO2 within a regenerative agricultural system.