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Embracing innovation through
Regenerative agriculture
How an Idaho family farm
has improved its crops
with the help of McCain
Continuing to build their Regenerative
agriculture framework, McCain works
with farmers across the country to
bring smart and sustainable techniques
to their farms. Through data collection,
education, research partnership and
more, McCain plans to implement
regenerative practices across 100% of
their potato acreage worldwide.
Regenerative agriculture, as defined
by McCain, is an ecosystem-based
approach to farming. Its primary goals?
To improve yield, farmer resilience
and overall quality by enhancing
biodiversity, reducing the impact
of synthetic inputs and improving
farmer resilience.
Blake Hansen, farmer at Gen5
Farms and Rodney Hansen Farms in
Paul, ID, has worked in the agriculture
industry for many years, farming
various crops such as potatoes, wheat,
barley and sugar beets. Innovation has
always played a significant role in his
family farm's history - Regenerative
farming fit right in.
Hansen focuses on fertility
management within his potato
production, specifically embracing the
" Four R's " of nutrient stewardship -
Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time
and Right Place. With this in mind,
Regenerative agriculture techniques
have helped Hansen integrate new GPS
systems, adding more in-depth mapping
and sampling of their soils and adding a
yield monitor to their potato harvester,
Blake Hansen
helping measure the effectiveness of
their fertility plan.
" We feel that Regenerative farming
has resulted in more uniformity in our
fields, " Hansen said.
" I am looking forward to finding
ways to implement more Regenerative
agriculture practices such as cover
crops into our operation. We need to
find and implement practices that will
reduce our inputs such as fertilizer,
chemicals, water, labor and fuel. "
According to Hansen, his farm
has shown positive results with
variable rate fertility and has seen
improvements in rotational crops.
With this progression, Hansen is
confident Regenerative agriculture will
impact generations.
" I do think that it will impact
generations to come, " Hansen said.
" The challenge will be finding the right
practices to maintain a sustainable
future for each farming operation. "
Hansen says his biggest challenge
with Regenerative agriculture is
patience. It takes time to develop new
practices and adapt to unpredictable
events such as climate change. Yet, such
challenges excite Hansen to further
develop his farm through sustainability
with the help of McCain.
To learn more about McCain visit www.mccain.com/sustainability/smart-sustainable-farming.
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