About the Farm

Darin and Nancy Williams farm 2,000-plus acres located near Waverly, Kansas, 45 miles southwest of Overland Park. D&N Ag Farms LLC features Holistic Management practices to reflect nature’s image and to solve problems in a more natural way.

Holistic Management practices on the farm include no-till farming, a diverse cropping strategy (crop rotation and biomimicry with cover crops), and managed livestock grazing of cover crops—all of which improve the health and function of the soil—a key operational goal.

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"Our primary objective is managing soil, water, soil structure, soil biology and carbon compounds in the soil,” Darin says. “This farming strategy led to significant improvements in soil structure, soil health and the water cycle.”

Utilizing direct-to-consumer marketing and sales, D&N Ag Farms’ mission is to produce healthy farm products—and for their customers to know their food source and how that food is produced.

Diverse cash crops, including non-GMO soybean seed, food-grade corn, food-grade clear hilum soybeans, barley, cereal rye, triticale, sunflowers, and oats are grown on the farm. All livestock are free-range, and beef and lamb are raised on all-natural food sources of grass and diverse cover crop vegetation.

“Our poultry receive non-GMO feed rations in addition to cover crop vegetation and pasture insects they may forage on,” Darin says. “All livestock are allowed to grow at their normal growth rate and raised in a humane environment. No antibiotics, growth hormones or the like are used.”

By implementing farming and ranching practices and principles that regenerate the health and function of the soil, the Williams have reduced the use of synthetic fertilizers, and eliminated fungicides and pesticides—all of which have reduce production input costs. In addition, non-GMO crop seed (Not Genetically Modified Organism) is used exclusively on the farm.

“We aim to utilize regenerative farming practices that feature diverse cover crops and grazing practices that mimic nature,” Darin says. “Using the natural resources that God has provided is the key to regenerative farming and producing healthy food. And healthy soil is the key to enabling nature’s growth in our animals and farm crops.”

In addition to being members of the Kansas City Food Circle, Darin and Nancy received the Conservation & Energy Award in 2014 and have been featured in the John Deer Journal and The New York Times for their commitment to soil health-improving regenerative agriculture.

Who Should Attend?

This school will provide practical instruction to enhance net farm profitability in cropping systems through the use of cover crops, intercropping, grazing, rolling cover crops, nutrient management, rotational diversity, and other approaches for improving soil function. Attendees will come away with a higher level of understanding, observation skills, and increased management skills.

August 9-11, 2022

Tuition of $1,375 includes:
• Regen Ag 101 course ($499.00 value), which we would like you to complete prior to the first day of class;
• In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as digital course materials and lunch each day;
• Two follow-up Zoom meetings with a consultant within the first year after the date of the SHA school you attended; and
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.

Scholarship Money Available

We are committed to helping you finance this educational experience.  We encourage anyone with interest to apply.  If you want to attend one of our 3-day events, you are eligible for a scholarship.  In addition we will be giving special consideration to the following:

  • Students
  • Families or farms with more than one person attending
  • Past SHA students
  • Veterans
  • Agricultural educators and influencers
  • Minority, tribal, women and historically underserved individuals

What You Will Learn

  • Practical implementation of the six principles
  • Keys to enhance net farm profitability
  • Farm financial records & accountability
  • Strategies for debt management & reduction
  • Successful cropping without reliance on high levels of inputs
  • Weed and pest control
  • Nutrient management
  • Reducing input costs
  • Designing cover crop mixes to address resource concerns
  • Cover crop termination options
  • Managing cover crops for optimizing soil health and economic return
  • Understanding the difference between economics and finance
  • Identifying the 3 secrets to increase profit
  • Applying business principles to your farm
  • The power of biology

Educators

Shane New

Shane New

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Dallas Mount

Eric Fuchs

Eric Fuchs

School Location

Community Center
408 Pearson Ave
Waverly, KS 66871

Farm Location

D&N Ag Farms LLC
2293 26th Rd,
Waverly, KS 66871

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn
2335 Oak Street I-35 exit 183
Ottawa, KS 66067
785-229-0957

30 miles from Waverly, KS
$80/night Block reserved under Soil Health Academy

Closest Airport

Kansas City International Airport
1 International Square
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 243-5237

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