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Third generation potato farmer Brendon Rockey likes to teach and show producers how to improve their farm health with successful biotic methods. Rockey credits his grandfather for instilling principles about the importance of taking care of the soil and thinking long term about soil health. 

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Shane New, 50, Holton, Kansas, has farmed for more than 25 years in Jackson County. Through research and asking key people for advice about his operation,  his focus changed to having proper water infiltration and building soil health.

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There is no crime in plagiarizing Mother Nature. That is, in essence, what farmers are doing when they mimic nature and interseed cover crops into established cornfields to suppress weeds, impact pests and beneficial insect communities, said Michael Bredeson, a doctoral student with the Ecdysis Foundation and South Dakota State University.

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As Gabe Brown gained knowledge and applied it to his operation, his soil was healthier, absorbed and retained moisture and made the operation more profitable. Brown will be a keynote speaker at the Soil Health U and Trade Show, Jan. 23 to 24, 2019, at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina, Kansas.