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Water + Energy Progress Videos Effective Educational Tools

3 years ago | Jun 04, 2015
By: CEP Staff,
During my time working with Water and Energy Progress, I've realized what excellent tools videos can be to spread awareness and knowledge. 

It is enriching to listen and see what farmers and ranchers are doing to make sustainable changes and to see the positive outcomes on their farms or ranches, communities, and lives. 

 

Hearing about sustainable agricultural alternatives from Kansas farmers gives a greater takeaway message than reading about them from various articles, journals, and web pages. These farmers are making the switches, not to save the Earth or lower greenhouse gas emissions, but to save time, money, and energy.  Doing so, they have become true stewards of the land.   

 

In all cases highlighted by WEP, their soil health and water conservation has increased substantially.  To put it simply, I think these videos really demonstrate that there are people out there doing great things.  That it a happy, hopeful thing!


One of my last assignments as a WEP intern has been finding ways to increase the number of views of WEP videos. Not only does this highlight the work of the Climate + Energy Project, it raises awareness about solutions in Kansas to water conservation, soil health, and other challenges in agriculture.


In this blog, I've highlighted some of favorite videos. In each, there is something to learn for people from all walks of life.  Here are a few more of my favorites.  Enjoy!

 

Redefining Wealth as Soil Health

Bill Sproul tells it how it is – "cash is okay but it’s not the most important thing anymore,” soil health is.

 

Listen to Bill redefine what he considers wealth.

 
 
 
 
 

Intensive rotational grazing practices - Alan and Joseph Hubbard

Intensive Rotational Grazing Practices.

Alan and Joseph Hubbard discuss sustainable ranching practices through intensive rotational grazing management and imitating the systems of Mother Nature.


 How one small insect impacts the prairie: The Dung Beetle
The Dung Beetle and Water Retention

Bill Sproul discusses the surprising benefits that just one species of dung beetle provides for him, his cattle, and his land. Water retention, horn fly reduction, and nutrient recycling are just some of the ecosystem service done by the dung beetle. Now imagine the benefits that come from all the other species!


No-till Improves Water Retention and Holding Capacity in Western Kansas:

 
No-till improves water retention and holding capacity in western Kansas

A first-hand account of how Mark Eitel increases water retention and the holding capacity of his soil through no-till management all the while supporting earthworm populations.


 

 

Increasing soil health naturally with livestock and cover crops

Darin and Nancy Williams discuss how the incorporating cover crops and livestock makes the nutrient cycling come full circle. As an added bonus, this video contains adorable cows and sheep!

 

 

Commodity vs. Community Conservation

Bill Sproul discusses the differences between commodity and community conservation, influenced by Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, and the importance that community has on the good of the whole system.

Butterflies a draw for ag education

Karen Pendleton discusses the importance of agricultural education in this video and the ways they are trying to increase this knowledge in Kansas families.

 
 
 

See these innovative systems in action! 
 
Check out the CEP Vimeo Channel for more digital farm and ranch tours!
See a cool video?  Like it so we know!  Share it so others will see!



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