Managing Risk and Social Pressure

This 3 minute video is part of the NRCS-sponsored series Soil Health How-To. In this series, Dr. Buz Kloot, visits farms, orchard and vineyards in the West and Southwest to see how they are implementing soil health principles.During his visit to Idaho, Buz meets with farmers Luke Adams and and Brian Kossman to talk about how they've beem implementing soil health principles in the form of cover crops and no-till. And what does that have to do with a grazier? Well, they're discussing a kind of social pressure that we all feel from time to time: having to go all in and have amazing results to be considered a success. As Luke and Brian see it, managing the risks of trying something new and still being a viable business are critical. So even small steps in the right direction are important. I think it's a principle that we can all use as we work to improve our landscapes and our bottom line. Enjoy! Transcript Luke Adams, Rupert, Idaho: Once you farm for 30 years, you realize how little control you have over the weather and all these variables, and to add in one new variable doesn't seem like the right thing to do. It's, we've got to manage the variable we can. Bu once we started to test those, and see other people test them and say, "OK, this is a manageable variation, putting in soil health principles." It's not making all this unknown and uncertainty with the crop. We can manage, to a point, what risks we're bringing into the farm

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  1. Thank you for sharing the video/text. My experience is that people who are “purists” about things tend to forget that usually they got where they are by taking small steps, understanding incremental change, and–maybe most of all–by resisting social pressure to do this or that as the only possible way to move towards health.

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