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Land Stewardship Project releases second song about building soil health

Kaitlyn Riley

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The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) released a pair of music videos highlighting key themes of the growing farmer interest in building soil health. 

The two songs-of-the-soil, “Got Cover Crops” and “Back to Soil,” were commissioned from Austin, Minn., native and singer-songwriter Bret Hesla and performed with the band Six Feet Deep. Video editing and production was done by Winona-area native Kobi Dansingburg. 

While writing the songs, Hesla got deeply grounded in the subject matter through visits to the farms of soil health farmers and Land Stewardship Project members Tom and Alma Cotter, of Austin, and Kaleb and Angie Anderson of Goodhue, Minn. 

LSP hoped the videos can further build the energy and community that’s been growing among farmers interested in improving soil health in the Upper Midwest. 

According to LSP soil health team member Doug Nopar, these songs help reach people at a deeper level.  

“Between the upbeat rhythm and the catchy lyrics, it’s hard to get these songs out of your head,” Nopar said. “Music can help keep us all connected to a larger goal — in this case, building the soil and the vitality of our farms, and these songs do just that. We’re hoping this music can help inject a bit of hope and levity and support for those that are doing the right thing out on the land.” 

The music videos are available for public use and at no charge. The videos and the audio can be accessed through the Land Stewardship Project website.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.