Author: Amy Bickel | Published: May 22, 2018
Unlike his conventional counterparts, Gail Fuller doesn’t focus on maximizing yields.
The Emporia, Kansas, farmer thinks differently than the age-old mantra that, with 10 billion people expected on the plant by mid-century, farmers must feed the world.
“I’m sorry if you are buying into that crock,” Fuller says bluntly.
Instead, Fuller made the decision to base his profitability and success on the health of his soil.
“Soil is life and life is soil,” he said to a crowd at his annual Fuller Field School in Emporia last month. “We have 60 years of topsoil left and that was as of 2012. If we continue this current production model, we might not be able to feed the world by 2050 because we might not have all the soil left to do it.”
Lessons from Gail
Fuller started the school seven years ago to educate others about regenerative ag, a concept growing across rural America. He wants his soil healthy and full of life—from microorganisms like nematodes, protozoa and mycorrhizal fungi working unseen below the earth to the beneficial insects and livestock above.