Ben Cramer

Ben Cramer

Since 2005, Ben Cramer of Healy, Kansas, has embarked upon a road to soil health that began with the adoption of no-till, and has since included cover crops. Cramer has a livestock enterprise that uses the cover crops, with a long-term goal of rapidly building organic matter and soil biology, plus reducing use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers.

“Soil health is important in many ways including being essential to our ability to raise the abundant healthy food supply our consumers deserve and are beginning to demand,” Cramer said. “After 100-plus years of degrading the land we need to make soil health a priority to put carbon back in the soil where it belongs.”