New Documentary Movie Spotlights Soil Well being and Local weather Change from Farmers’ Perspective

Posted by Erin Lane, Coordinator, USDA Northeast Local weather Hub inLocal weather
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Jul 12, 2022

Local weather change is inflicting larger environmental and financial challenges for U.S. agriculture. However do you know that soil well being practices will help working farmlands change into extra resilient to local weather extremes?

A few of these practices, akin to cowl crops and no-till farming, can contribute to combating local weather change. In line with the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, Maryland and Delaware farmers are leaders in practices that defend and promote wholesome soils. Cowl crops and no-till farming are big in each states. To place some numbers to it, 29% of Maryland and 19% of Delaware cropland acres had been reported ‘below cowl’ in 2017. Compared, solely 3.9% of cropland acres in the US had been planted with cowl crops that 12 months. Moreover, the best reported use of no-till on cropland acres within the nation happens in Maryland (58%) and Delaware (54%).

A brand new documentary movie, “Delmarva and the Floor for Change,” by the USDA Northeast Local weather Hub digs deeper into these and different soil well being practices. The movie follows three family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula (in Delaware and Maryland) who adopted numerous measures to boost soil well being. However “Delmarva and the Floor for Change” doesn’t body soil well being practices as a silver bullet. As a substitute, the movie elevates farmer data and views to point out the complexities of modern-day farming programs. The documentary additionally reminds us that each one farms have an essential function to play in creating extra resilient meals programs within the face of present and anticipated local weather change.

“I hope this movie can encourage extra farmers to domesticate resilient soils and improve public consciousness on what a few of our nation’s farmers are already doing to adapt to – and mitigate – local weather change,” mentioned Karrah Kwasnik, filmmaker, USDA Northeast Local weather Hub.

Watch it now on USDA’s YouTube Channel.

The USDA Northeast Local weather Hub is a novel collaboration throughout USDA businesses working in collaboration with companions to advertise climate-informed choices on farms and forests. For extra data, contact erin.d.lane@usda.gov.

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