Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-article series on the components of regenerative soils

Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-article series on the components of regenerative soils that can help no-tillers and strip-tillers be more profitable. The challenge ahead for farmers is to produce more food on a declining land area, with soils and ecosystems that are continually being degraded — all while using less water, energy and natural resources under difficult economic circumstances.  But the good news is that there are tools growers can use to meet these challenges, says David Johnson. The New Mexico State University soil researcher told 250 farmers at the Regenerative Agriculture Conference in Brandon, Manitoba, that it’s going to require a very different agricultural system than what exists today. “We can rebuild degraded soils. We can increase soil fertility. We can produce more nutrient-dense food and forage. We can use less water to grow crops and increase both plant-water use efficiency and soil-water storage capacity. We can reduce energy use by allowing nature to extract or fix essential nutrients. We can reduce both agrichemical pollution and atmospheric CO2 at the same time. Johnson maintains that conventional agriculture over the last 70 years has da...

Memorial gallery: October | Southern Idaho Local News

Here, we remember south-central Idahoans who died. The photos were provided by families to accompany their obituaries in the Times-News. Tenna Kristine Nielsen, age 8, of Meridian, ID gained her Angel wings on October 18, 2017 at St. Luke’s Children’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 21, 2009 to parents Kyle Mark and Kimberly Jane Nielsen at St. Luke’s Regional Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho. Tenna knew no stranger, and hugs were mandatory. In her short life, she was loved by everyone she met. She was a blessing to her entire family. She is survived by her father and mother Kyle and Kim Nielsen of Meridian; four devoted loving sisters: Dannika Nielsen of Meridian, Salise (Mykal) Stark of Tooele, UT, Ataya Nielsen of Meridian and Kinley Nielsen of Meridian; niece Etney Stark; her grandparents Dennis and Luann Nielsen of Idaho Falls, ID, Jerry and Renee Wells of Oakley, ID; and many, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28 at the Meridian 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 1615 2nd St. W. in Meridian. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midlan...