*Crop protection chemicals have made no-till farming
a viable option
Studies have found that converting to no-till farming
and cover crops could potentially pay for itself in the long run, but the initial investment is difficult when commodity crop prices hover near the cost of production.
The Organic No-Till Farming
Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers
And it still wouldn't make enough difference; researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that even if a number of pro-climate agricultural practices, such as no-till farming
, crop rotation, composting, and managed livestock grazing, were implemented worldwide, the change would reduce global temperature rise only about 4 percent by 2100.
The upper half doesn't need it; The remaining revenue should instead pay farmers to transition to regenerative no-till farming
which restores soil health, sequesters carbon, grows healthier food and benefits farmers through lower production costs and premium-priced products to sell locally.
The concept of no-till farming
was still in its infancy at that time, just 10 years after one "crazy" farmer in Kentucky, Harry M.
As Kate Gordon, a fellow at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, described it, the approaches range "from literally planting trees and agricultural practices that help keep carbon in the ground, all the way to engineered technological solutions that actually take carbon directly out of the atmosphere through machines." On the simpler end of the spectrum are options like re-foresting areas that have been logged and using no-till farming
practices that keep more carbon in soil.
Kinder was an early adopter of no-till farming
practices and remains an avid investigator and adopter of farming technologies to add value to his operation.<br />"I've had a passion for farming and agriculture for as long as I can remember," Kinder wrote in a prepared statement.
GMOs also promote no-till farming
, meaning that by using herbicides to kill weeds, farmers do not have to plow their land before planting.
The farm partners Jim and Lisa Harbach and Lisa's brother Kevin Schrack manage an 1,100-head dairy herd, while advocating for no-till farming
, maintaining soil health and promoting awareness of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The McIntyre family, which has farmed this acreage since 19, has been no-till farming
for years and for many of those years they considered adding chickens.