Snohomish County Focus on Farming Conference - Part 1
Renowned speakers David Montgomery, author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations"
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Montgomery, a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship winner, is a doctorate-level professor at the UW Department of Earth & Space Sciences, where he studies the evolution of topography and the influence of changing landforms on ecological systems and human societies. His most recent studies have taken him around the world, only to discover that humanity’s most necessary natural resource is most likely its soils. Yet, current mechanized agriculture has eroded much of the land, putting humanity’s future at risk. More than 500 people attended the 5th annual Focus on Farming Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, who initiated the annual conference with local farmers in 2004, opened this year’s conference with a state of agriculture in the county. He stressed the importance of protecting farmland and treating farming as a business. "We must continue to build up farming as a viable economic opportunity in Snohomish County," Reardon said after the conference. "Today’s attendance shows us how important the farm is to society and this community."