Dr. Cynthia Daley, director, Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems 9- 2-2020

Published: Dec 15 2020

Dr. Cynthia Daley, a professor at the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. She serves as the Rawlin's Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy, and the Director for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems. Cindy is originally from Illinois, where her family has been actively engaged in the farming profession for more than four generations. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, her doctorate at University of California Davis. She joined the CSU Chico, College of Agriculture faculty in 1997 and later founded the Organic Dairy Education & Research Program in 2006. Seeing the need to grow the ecological farming movement, Daley went on to co-create the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative in 2016 and guided this program to Center status in May of 2019. The new Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty and farmers who recognize the ecological benefits of regenerative farming practices including water conservation, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration. The Center's guiding principle is that agriculture, when done regeneratively, can be the solution to soil degradation and climate change.

Highlights of this episode include:

1. Why psycho/social fabrics are critical factors for transitioning into a new paradigm. 2. The goals of Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems and why academia has failed to be the cutting edge for the regenerative ag movement.

3. Where social justice fits within the regenerative ag movement.

4. Ideas for the public education on regenerative ag.

5. What is regenerative dairy and is it scalable.

6. The need for neurocognitive flexibility when shifting to regenerative ag, the economics of regenerative ag and the importance of producers learning from producers.