What are the responsibilities of being CEO of one of the largest institutions dedicated to organic farming?
Joining us today is the CEO of Rodale, Jeff Moyer. Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing the organic movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and consumer education. Widely recognized as a founder of the modern organic movement, Rodale Institute has been a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years. Jeff has served the Institute for 43 years in positions such as Farm Director and Executive Director. Jeff’s expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. His hands-on experience in organic agriculture brings a farmer’s perspective to the research, farmer training, and consumer education conducted by Rodale Institute. Jeff is a treasure trove of farming-related gold nuggets, so be sure to tune in and take notes!
In This Episode:
How Jeff got into agriculture 1:01
What Regenerative Organic is 4:11
What role no-till plays in soil health 17:05
Is there a problem with farmers adding too many nutrients and organic matter? 35:31
What organic matter level Rodale is at on the farm 38:07
How Rodale came up with the idea for their crimper 42:41
What specific mix Jeff likes to use for cover crops 54:42
How to get more farmers to switch to organic principles and practices 1.05:46
How Rodale handles pH levels 1.13:24
Where you can find out more about Jeff and Rodale Institute 1.14:52
About the Guest
Jeff Moyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Rodale Institute. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture.
Resources and mentions
Website – https://rodaleinstitute.org/
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YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHZBBzkVVnEB3L6rTPCgWIA
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/rodaleinstitute/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rodaleinstitute/
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