Questions with the Speakers - Gabe Brown
Here is our sixth and final installment of our blog series “Questions with the Speakers” for the upcoming conference on April 27 and 28 in Perry, GA. In preparation for the conference, we asked these speakers a common set of questions concerning the future of grassfed production and the story of their experiences and insights that led to their leadership in our industry. This will be a short sampling of what you can learn and discuss while attending. If you have not signed up for the conference yet go here. There is still early bird pricing through April 15th. Enjoy and get your questions ready! The last installment will be from one of our own Gabe Brown.
1. What do you see as the potential impact of regenerative grassland agriculture?
The impact of regenerating grasslands will be seen on all facets of both society and our ecosystems. Healthy soil equates to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals and people. Simple as that.
2. What do you believe are the big strategies and behaviors required to move us toward this?
In order to move this forward we must move away from the current production model and in order to do that it will take the consumers driving change through their spending dollar. It is not practical for us to believe that the government will change the current farm program.
3. Why are you doing things the way you are today?
I farm and ranch the way I do because in my mind it is, without a doubt, the right thing to do. We must regenerate our resources in order for future generations to have the possibility of being sustainable.
4. What brought you to this point? Was there a defining moment that sparked a change?
I got to this point by having four years in a row of hail and drought in the 1990's. Financially, in order to make a profit I was forced to learn how to restore the carbon cycle, the water cycle, and the mineral cycle.
5. Where or to whom do you look for guidance and inspiration?
I always look to my faith for inspiration.
6. What is an important lesson you learned from a mistake?
One of the most important lessons I have learned is that a healthy ecosystem is all about balance. If I try and impose my will on nature I will throw it out of balance.
7. What do you think is the most important first step someone in your field can take to move in the right direction?
The most important first step one can take is to learn how a healthy ecosystem functions. Very few producers understand this and yet the soil is the foundation of their operation.
8. What will be the # 1 take home message from people listening to you speak?
The number one take home message will be that GROWING TOPSOIL IS A BIOLOGICAL PROCESS. One must understand how soil ecosystems function.