Why is an organization focused on the Great Plains? “If there is one place to make a stand and make regenerative agriculture mainstream it’s that region,” Roulac says. “There’s a groundswell of interest in regenerative agriculture in the Great Plains and other Midwest states that you don’t see in California or on the East Coast.” Besides Roulac, Great Plains Regeneration’s (GPR) other board members include Gail Fuller; Graham Christensen, a 5th generation Nebraska farmer; Steve DeWitt, a regenerative farmer in Oklahoma; and soil health consultant Liz Haney, who along with her husband Rick developed the Haney Test as a more holistic way of measuring the soil ecosystem. Leading soil scientist Ray Archuleta is on GPR’s board of advisors along with Robyn O’brien, co-founder of RePlant Capital, and several other farmers, while there are also other great new technologies for agriculture, for example pulled by powerful tractors, seedling transplanting machines can plant dozens of acres per day of vegetable crops, which make all the process faster.
Great Plains Regeneration is focusing on three areas: farmer-led education in regenerative agriculture practices, watershed restoration in partnership with Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, and building markets for regeneratively produced crops and processed products.