Allen Williams, Ph.D.

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. He is also a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc.  He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.  Allen pioneered many of the early regenerative grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and now teaches those practices and principles to farmers globally. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics/Reproductive Physiology from LSU.  He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.  Major areas of research and business focus include soil health, cover crop/livestock integration, adaptive forage & grazing management, high attribute pasture-based meat production, and alternative marketing systems. 

Resources

A Regenerative Secret video showcasing Allen's farm 

Soil Health Blog presents the perspectives of leading regenerative farmers and ranchers.

Soil Health Academy

Understanding AG hosted Webinars

Regenerative Farming Is About Returning Life--It Makes Everybody's Life Better!

"Regenerative farming is working with nature--rediscovering the power of biology--to build rather than degrade our ecosystems."--Dr. Allen Williams

Welcome Back!

In this interview, I talk with Dr. Allen Williams, a 6th generation family farmer and one of the visionaries alongside regenerative farmer, Gabe Brown, behind the Soil Health Academy. The Academy offers practical training for farmers and anyone who wants to understand the principles of soil health, how to farm using them, and why they are so important to our health and the health of every ecosystem on the planet

Allen describes his journey as one of incredible discovery, first as an academic steeped in the industrial agriculture model and then as a farmer and rancher returning to his childhood farm experience and the farming systems his family had relied on for nearly 200 years. Those successful farming systems worked with the power of biology rather than outside chemical and organic inputs for fertility--everything came from the farm itself. That system regenerates the soil and the web of life it supports.

Allen says his vision is simple: Be able to effect and implement regenerative practices on a landscape scale basis.

Through his work consulting with thousands of farmers and ranchers around the world, Allen has been bringing life restoring regenerative farming systems to farmers for over 20 years.

 

Are these farmers seeing positive results? An emphatic YES! smiles Allen. Farmers are seeing dramatic positive agronomic, economic, and environmental returns for their efforts to shift from industrial to soil-restoring farming practices, getting themselves out of debt and restoring their profitability to their farming operations for the first time in years!

Allen talks about his new efforts through Understanding Ag and the Soil Health Academy that he has worked to create to help more farmers successfully shift to regenerative farming through on-farm education events that bring healthy soil up close and personal--as Allen says, "Seeing is believing!" And he tells us the recipe he believes is crucial to establish this paradigm shift among farmers.

Allen shares why he believes that we as consumers hold the power to create a healthier farming and food system and shares the most important things we can do as consumers to help farmers shift to regenerative farming.

Allen explains the 6 principles of healthy soil and invites us all to visit a regenerative farm to experience live soil and witness the abundance of bees, butterflies and birds. He says, you too will be asking "Why doesn't every farmer farm this way?"

Please enjoy my conversation with Allen to learn how together we can catalyze and support a regenerative farming and food system that works for everyone and the planet.

Don't forget, I’ve created a special Our Food Is Our Future Facebook Group where you can join the conversation and share your reflections, questions and ideas about creating a healthier farming and food system.  

Here's to a healthier farming and food system for us all,

Food Farm Health Lab

Food Farm Health Lab builds on the Social Laboratory Movement, bringing together diverse stakeholders to explore, develop, and adapt regenerative farming and food system solutions that can be prototyped, modeled, and scaled in local communities for greater health, wealth, resilience and well-being.

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