Six Russian agricultural professionals and their translators visited HMI Offices to meet with HMI Executive Director, Ann Adams, and Program Director, Kathy Harris, to learn about Holistic Management and critical sustainable agricultural practices to address the emerging needs of agriculturalists in the 21st century. They represented government agencies, NGO’s, and producer groups.
This visit was organized under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This cohort of professionals asked questions to examine and better understand the policies and practices in place across the U.S. to promote and support sustainable agriculture. During their 18-day trip, participants met with policymakers, advocacy groups, research and academic institutions, and agribusiness representatives to learn about trends, the impact of policies and regulations on the various stakeholders, and technological developments that foster sustainability. They also met with American farmers to learn about practices concerning crops, livestock and soil protections as well as related topics such as food security, water management, and risk mitigation.
They were intrigued to hear about the economic return of cover crops as well as review the contrast of plant health on monoculture versus polyculture planting. The focus on improving soil health while still meeting production goals was also discussed as well as whether regenerative practices could be scaled to feed the world.
Learn more about how Holistic Management is a part of the regenerative solution for the 21st century, on our Regenerative Solution page.
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