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What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is an approach to agriculture which focuses on improving and revitalizing soil health. We must produce crops and raise livestock to feed people while restoring and rebuilding the soil and improving the environment for people and the planet. It’s the next step in the pursuit of farming that goes beyond just sustainability…rather it looks to improve the health of our soils, our communities and our earth.

Goals

End Erosion
Build Soil Health
Improve Water Management
Increase Biodiversity
Capture More Atmospheric Carbon

Why is the soil so important?

Agriculture has evolved through the ages. Since the beginning, we’ve relied on the soil.

Burning Forest Debris

Farmers have tilled the soil, planted and harvested their crops. Native Americans taught early settlers to this country to use fish as fertilizer and to clear trees so that the virgin soil would produce what they needed. After years of use, they would move on to more fertile territory.

Dust Bowl

This approach worked until the land was settled. As the nation grew, so did its appetite. We expanded without regard for the long-term impact. Our rush to turn forests and prairies into fields had consequences. Soils were eroded continuously. The dramatic experience of the Dust Bowl taught our nation a lesson we cannot forget. The soil cannot be taken for granted. It must be cared for, managed and conserved.

Wheat Stubble Equipment

Conservation efforts have been vital to our farms. But the prevailing attitude was to protect and save what was there. Soil was regarded generally as a limited resource. But through science and innovation, we know that more is possible than just conserving or sustaining our soils.

Our history

Heliae Agriculture was created to pursue the possibilities of using microalgae as a solution for different agricultural opportunities. Our focus was to take natural microbes, identify the ones that produce the most desirable bioactive compounds, and bring them to market as inputs for farms, as feedstocks for animals and as ingredients for food and nutrition products for people.

Our basic production processes used carbon dioxide from the air and sunlight to grow the microbes. We’ve continued to innovate, but transforming carbon dioxide to organic matter remains an integral part of all we do.

We were actually doing regenerative agriculture before it was “a thing”.

How do we help farmers?

We discovered a “superfood” for native soil microbes.

Heliae Agriculture, Lettuce Yield

When fed, the microbes quickly increase the soil organic matter, capturing carbon, and improving soil structure. The soil health benefits result in better water penetration and retention, less erosion, and increased productivity.  Today, we are selling products that farmers can use to increase yields and quality of their crops (which rewards farmers for using the product) and pays dividends building soil carbon.

Microalgae, Heliae Agriculture

Compare our approach to other popular options for building healthy soils. The processes we have are less disruptive to environment and provide a more controlled, consistent product. Take kelp products, for example. Kelp is farmed in the oceans and harvested for processing. The bulky product is transported and transformed into products for the farm.

Microalgae Process, Heliae Agriculture

We do not require large quantities of water to grow the biomass produced. Little additional water is required for processing. Our product is highly concentrated, so less volume is transported and stored. The microbes will grow to reach the food and grow in place. The soil benefits from the biological activity that occurs.

Mainstreaming Regenerative Agriculture

At Heliae, we’ve invested millions of dollars in research and production facilities to make these products available to farmers today. The results we see from growers where the product is used is sometimes hard to believe. We’ve seen changes in soil structure after one application of product.


The return on investment for some growers has been as much as 50:1 ROI, but we know our product will pay for itself.

We don’t have all the answers. But we do have tools that can help you improve your farming operation without a capital expense or major change in your practices.

 

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