Mark Watson farms with his brother, Bruce, and his son, John, on the farm near Alliance, Nebraska, which has been in the family since 1891. The farm was honored as Master Conservationists in Production Agriculture by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007.
According to Watson, modern agriculture has focused on soil conservation practices for some time, emphasizing minimizing soil erosion within modern agricultural production practices. No-till crop production proved to be a top modern practice at minimizing the destructive forces of wind and water erosion. Recently the focus has begun to shift from minimizing the degradation of the soil toward regenerative agriculture and improving the productivity of the soil which we work with.
“As we all head down this path of improving soil health, the benefits of improving the productivity of the soil is obvious to our bottom line,” he said. “As the soil we work with begins to move towards a healthier and functioning soil, the profitability of our farms will follow. Our journey down the pathway towards soil health will be an exciting one, which we can share for generations to come. I look forward to visiting with you about the possibilities of improving soil health on your farm and will share with you the steps we have taken on the path towards soil health on our own farm.”
Mark graduated from University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Agronomy. He and his wife, Denise, have two children, Jacob and Hannah.