Mar 12, 2021
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
- 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
- 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