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Friday, January 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Growing Food & Environmental Health: Current Projects at Blue Dasher Farm

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At Blue Dasher Farm, we believe we can grow food to meet our population demands, while also conserving biodiversity and environmental health. Our mission is to provide research that can make innovative practices scalable and transferable to as many farmers as possible. Leading to the redesign of agroecosystems to be more resilient and produce healthier food. Our scientific expertise has expanded substantially in recent years, leading to a better understanding on a variety of topics centered on improving regenerative farming. Recent research themes conducted at Blue Dasher include how cattle grazing management affects dung beetles and cattle pests, the benefits of farming regeneratively for conserving natural resources and turning a profit, and studying the effects of ag products, e.g., neonicotinoids, glyphosate, and dicamba, on beneficial insects. By themselves, these topics are important to the success of sustainable farming, but the real power comes from our understanding of how they interact to produce a cascade of benefits within farming systems. It has been an exciting time at Blue Dasher Farm, training the next generation of students and scientists to work with farmers, ranchers, and beekeepers to continue to develop meaningful research, and put it into practice at Blue Dasher Farm.

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Ryan Schmid

Blue Dasher Farm
Ryan Schmid is an agroecologist working at Ecdysis Foundation (Blue Dasher Farm’s non-profit research institute). He received a PhD in Entomology from Kansas State University in 2018. Ryan credits his upbringing on a small farm in northwest Iowa for generating a passion to work... Read More →


Friday January 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Prairie Room