Regenerative agriculture is a relatively new term to describe a suite of management practices that aim to improve the soil and water quality of a farm. In many ways, regenerative agriculture is a net mitigator of climate change while introducing species diversity to a farm, including the opportunity for native plantings. Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension Educator in Posey County, will describe the interconnections of climate change, regenerative agriculture, and potential for inclusion of native plants. Regenerative Ag speaks mostly to the soil, but can also be expanded to include principles in habitat regeneration and ecosystem regeneration. Natives certainly play a large role in that respect. Add climate change to the mix, and protection of natives becomes all the more important.
About Hans- Hans Schmitz received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Meteorology from Purdue University. He currently works for Purdue Extension serving in Posey County as the Ag and Natural Resources Educator. During his tenure, he assisted in development of the “Dynamics of Climate” teaching curriculum and a series of Purdue Extension publications on basic climate science. He currently co-chairs the North Central Climate Collaborative, a 12-state team of Extension professionals with climate expertise.