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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture and the 2024 Federal Farm Bill

Featured Speaker: Don Viecelli

Chicago Metro Chapter of The Climate Reality Project

Apr 11 2024

Don Viecelli of the Chicago Metro Chapter of The Climate Reality project gave us an introduction to the fundamentals of Regenerative Agriculture.

This educational meeting covered topics such as:

  • Farm soil depletion and climate change

  • How regenerative farming and agroforestry can help

  • Regenerative and agroforestry practices

  • What we can change using the Farm Bill

  • How can we advocate on behalf of conservation in the Farm Bill?

Link to powerpoint slides: 

About the Speaker: Don Viecelli was raised on a 160-acre family dairy farm in Central Michigan and is concerned about industrial farming methods that have degraded our topsoil, polluted our waterways and oceans with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, lowered food nutrient values and harmed our environment. He believes Regenerative Agriculture (RA) practices and solutions can help save our planet faster and more cost-effectively than other technological means by drawing down excess Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering hugh amounts of Carbon back into healthy, living soil.

He is a Climate Reality Project Leader trained in July 2020. He currently serves as a Chairperson for the Regenerative Agriculture Campaign committee for the Chicago Metro Chapter and is Co-Chair of Climate Reality Project Regenerative Agriculture Coalition advocating for the 2024 Farm Bill. He retired from a Senior Product and Marketing Manager career in 2015 for several high-technology companies in the Chicagoland area. He currently lives in the Chicago area with his family.

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